James L. Mester

May 30, 2019

James L. Mester, 77, went to be with his Lord on May 21, 2019, while at the Haven Hospice facility in Orange Park Florida. Born on December 12, 1941 to John R. Mester and Nellie Maxine (Bradley) Mester in Clare, Michigan, Jim graduated Coleman High School in 1959. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. His high aptitude after testing created an opportunity to become a nuclear specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1963.

He attended Flint Barber College in 1970 and eventually started his own business with his wife, Emily. They were owners of two salons, one in Mt. Pleasant and one in Clare.

Jim was an avid carpenter and wood worker. He won awards for his carving of birds and ducks and also enjoyed painting. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He also was an avid gardener and enjoyed growing beautiful flowers. Jim inherited his love of cooking from his mother and loved to invent his own recipes.

Jim moved to Middleburg, Florida in 2005. He became a member of the 1st Baptist Church in Middle Burg, Florida where he met and married Carmine (Davidson) Mester. He was held in a high regard by his fellow parishioners and was a devoted church member. He also became a religious teacher at a nearby prison to teach prisoners the word of God.

Jim is predeceased by his parents, his granddaughter, Brittany Mester, brothers Terry and Robert Mester and stepfathers Carl Freeman and George Clair.

Jim is survived by his wife Carmen of 9 years. Son: Brian (Robin) Mester of Houghton Lake, Daughter: Christine (William) Burns of Spring Lake, Granddaughter: Breanna Burns and fiancé 2nd Lieutenant Corey Lee, Ariel (Michael) Cottee, Brooklyn (Chris) Scott, Grandson: Bradley Burns, Brandon Seymour, Travis Mester, Great Grandchildren: Easton Cottee and Remi Scott. Sister: Joy (Michael) Marchione of Midland, MI; John (Laura) Mester of Dewitt, MI, Michael (Debra) Mester of Middleburg, FL, Jerry (Loni) Mester of Holiday, FL.

A memorial was held on May 24 at the Middleburg, FL 1st Baptist Church.

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