LESTER DELANO HALL 69, of New Carlisle, Ohio, died Monday, September 8, 2003 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was born December 22, 1933, in Floyd County, Printer, Kentucky, a son of the late Hollie and Julia Brown (Allen) Hall, Anderson, Indiana. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served a total of 21 years. Lester served in the Korean War as a Jet Engine Mechanic. He retired from Federal Civil Service at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in September 1974. Lester was well known as a professional bluegrass musician and was given the honor of acceptance as a Kentucky Colonel. He made special guest appearances on Ernest Tubbs Midnight Jamboree on WSM radio, Nashville, Tennessee, The Wheeling Jamboree, Wheeling, West Virginia, and also appearing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1968 he received a recording contract with REM Records of Nashville, Tennessee. He recorded nine single records and four long play albums under his name "Les Hall and The Mastertones." One of his many talents was his ability to play the Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Dobro Guitar, Fiddle and the Bass without reading music. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debra A. (Hall) and Virgil Bays of New Carlisle; two granddaughters, Kim Downing (husband Doug) and Kary Burlile (husband Rick); brother, Don L. Hall (wife Phyllis) of Kokomo, Indiana; two sisters, Rochelle R. Riddell of Anderson, Indiana, and Florelle H. Shreves (husband Phil) of Anderson, Indiana; great-granddaughter, Lauren Duncan; great-grandson, Brock Downing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Ann (Helsley) Hall. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2003 at TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, & CHRISTMAS Funeral Home of New Carlisle, Ohio. Pastor Dan Witter of Bethel Nazarene Church will be officiating. Burial will follow in New Carlisle Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday.

First published in SNS on Sep 10 2003