(68), formerly of Johnstown, PA, passed peacefully on August 24, 2019, at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg, PA. Born in Johnstown on November 28, 1950, he was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Leroy and Mary Elizabeth (Hill) Hemphill Sr., and stepsister, Penelope Kirkwood of Anchorage, AK. He is survived by a son, Jie (Giaquetta), and daughter, Meyaka, of Detroit, MI; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Also survived by his sister, Eileen, and brothers, Lawrence (Gwendolyn), of Washington, DC, and Jesse Leroy Jr. (Ronda), of Johnstown; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Lester was a 1969 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School. Marriages to Barbara Morris and the late JorJanne Williamson-Bey ended in divorce. Family and friends will be received Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 10 a.m. until time of his service at 12 noon at Moskal-Reid Funeral Home, 79 J Street, Johnstown, PA, 15909. Private committal, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lester’s memory to the American Cancer Society.
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