In memory of
Lester Hollans
In memory of
Lester Hollans
Lester H. Hollans of Mtn. Brook went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 6, 2020. Lester was a man of great faith and deep integrity. He was born in Christiansburg, VA to Irby Noah and Annie May Hollans. He attended public school in Roanoke, VA graduating from Jefferson Senior High in 1954, where he was senior class president and attended Boys State and Boys Nation. Lester attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute when it was a military college. There he was Cadet Major on the Regimental Staff for the Class of 1958. He was in the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC Flight Training Program. After graduating from VPI with a business administration degree, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and stationed at Ft. Knox and then Ft. Rucker for aviation school. It was during his time at Ft. Rucker that he met the love of his life Anne Johnson, to whom he was married for 59 years. In 1969, the family grew to four with the birth of twins, Harris and Lawson. Lester returned to VPI for graduate school on a teaching fellowship. He then taught economics for the University of Virginia's Graduate School of General Studies, pioneering teaching of economics on the first educational TV station in VA to broadcast in color. He later taught business law at Roanoke College. Lester continued flying for the US Army Reserve. In 1969, he attended helicopter training in College Park, MD. He eventually flew 26 different types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, accumulating over 2000 hours of flying time and earning his Senior Army Aviator wings. In 1974, the Army activated him for advanced instrument training for the Huey helicopter. One year later, he was selected to be one of 63 Reserve and National Guard officers called to active duty to attend the US Army's Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. This duty tour was extended for him to become Airfield Commander at Blackstone Army Airfield at Ft. Picket, VA. Following that year of active duty, Lester was promoted to Lt. Colonel. In Birmingham, he served as Director of Instruction for the Command & General Staff College courses for AL. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after 21 years of service. At the request of Dr. Leslie S. Wright, Lester and his family moved to Birmingham in 1977 where Lester became the holder of the Chair of Private Enterprise and Assistant Professor in the School of Business at Samford University. While at Samford, he was selected for the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education for his work in teaching free market economics through Alabama's educational TV network. He taught the Dale Carnegie Courses in Public Speaking and Human relations as well as management and sales seminars throughout VA for various Fortune 500 companies such as GE and Ingersoll-Rand. For 2 years, Lester served as Executive in Residence for Mississippi State teaching entrepreneurial management. By the end of his teaching career, he had taught 24 different subjects at 10 colleges and universities to over 6000 students. He continued teaching management and sales training and developed marketing plans for numerous Alabama businesses until his retirement. After serving for 16 years as a Methodist lay minister, trainer, and Sunday school teacher in VA, he was asked to serve as the western VA director of a Campus Crusade for Christ evangelical campaign. More than 500 people professed Christ for the first time. For more than two years, Lester was a mid-day Christian radio talk show host in Birmingham. He interviewed over 2100 guests on more than 850 topics. He was a Gideon in VA and AL for over 40 years. He felt his most memorable and lasting experiences were the times he shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. He firmly believed that all men and women are born sinners in need of a savior and that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life for all eternity. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Shades Mtn. Baptist for 13 years and was a longtime member of Mtn. Brook Community Church. As a descendant of a First Family of Virginia Jamestown settler, William Simmons, he was a member of the Alabama Society of Colonial Wars. Lester was president of the Roanoke Valley Kiwanis and founder and twice president of the Big Brothers of Roanoke, serving on the National Board of Directors of Big Brothers of America for 3 years. For his work, he received the Good Neighbor Award from the National Fellowship of Christians and Jews. He twice served as president of the Homewood Rotary Club. Lester is survived by his wife Anne, his daughter Lawson, and his loving friends the Hannon family. He was preceded in death by his son Harris. A private graveside service was held June 20 at Tolbert Baptist Church Cemetery in Henry County. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Mtn. Brook Community Church. Any memorials may be sent to The Gideons International or Mtn. Brook Community Church.
View Full Obituary ›
opt299:
opt312: Original
In memory of
Lester Hollans
Lester H. Hollans of Mtn. Brook went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 6, 2020. Lester was a man of great faith and deep integrity. He was born in Christiansburg, VA to Irby Noah and Annie May Hollans. He attended public school in Roanoke, VA graduating from Jefferson Senior High in 1954, where he was senior class president and attended Boys State and Boys Nation. Lester attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute when it was a military college. There he was Cadet Major on the Regimental Staff for the Class of 1958. He was in the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC Flight Training Program. After graduating from VPI with a business administration degree, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and stationed at Ft. Knox and then Ft. Rucker for aviation school. It was during his time at Ft. Rucker that he met the love of his life Anne Johnson, to whom he was married for 59 years. In 1969, the family grew to four with the birth of twins, Harris and Lawson. Lester returned to VPI for graduate school on a teaching fellowship. He then taught economics for the University of Virginia's Graduate School of General Studies, pioneering teaching of economics on the first educational TV station in VA to broadcast in color. He later taught business law at Roanoke College. Lester continued flying for the US Army Reserve. In 1969, he attended helicopter training in College Park, MD. He eventually flew 26 different types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, accumulating over 2000 hours of flying time and earning his Senior Army Aviator wings. In 1974, the Army activated him for advanced instrument training for the Huey helicopter. One year later, he was selected to be one of 63 Reserve and National Guard officers called to active duty to attend the US Army's Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. This duty tour was extended for him to become Airfield Commander at Blackstone Army Airfield at Ft. Picket, VA. Following that year of active duty, Lester was promoted to Lt. Colonel. In Birmingham, he served as Director of Instruction for the Command & General Staff College courses for AL. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after 21 years of service. At the request of Dr. Leslie S. Wright, Lester and his family moved to Birmingham in 1977 where Lester became the holder of the Chair of Private Enterprise and Assistant Professor in the School of Business at Samford University. While at Samford, he was selected for the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education for his work in teaching free market economics through Alabama's educational TV network. He taught the Dale Carnegie Courses in Public Speaking and Human relations as well as management and sales seminars throughout VA for various Fortune 500 companies such as GE and Ingersoll-Rand. For 2 years, Lester served as Executive in Residence for Mississippi State teaching entrepreneurial management. By the end of his teaching career, he had taught 24 different subjects at 10 colleges and universities to over 6000 students. He continued teaching management and sales training and developed marketing plans for numerous Alabama businesses until his retirement. After serving for 16 years as a Methodist lay minister, trainer, and Sunday school teacher in VA, he was asked to serve as the western VA director of a Campus Crusade for Christ evangelical campaign. More than 500 people professed Christ for the first time. For more than two years, Lester was a mid-day Christian radio talk show host in Birmingham. He interviewed over 2100 guests on more than 850 topics. He was a Gideon in VA and AL for over 40 years. He felt his most memorable and lasting experiences were the times he shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. He firmly believed that all men and women are born sinners in need of a savior and that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life for all eternity. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Shades Mtn. Baptist for 13 years and was a longtime member of Mtn. Brook Community Church. As a descendant of a First Family of Virginia Jamestown settler, William Simmons, he was a member of the Alabama Society of Colonial Wars. Lester was president of the Roanoke Valley Kiwanis and founder and twice president of the Big Brothers of Roanoke, serving on the National Board of Directors of Big Brothers of America for 3 years. For his work, he received the Good Neighbor Award from the National Fellowship of Christians and Jews. He twice served as president of the Homewood Rotary Club. Lester is survived by his wife Anne, his daughter Lawson, and his loving friends the Hannon family. He was preceded in death by his son Harris. A private graveside service was held June 20 at Tolbert Baptist Church Cemetery in Henry County. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Mtn. Brook Community Church. Any memorials may be sent to The Gideons International or Mtn. Brook Community Church.
View Full Obituary ›
Sort
100% Money Back Guarantee
Need Help? Have Questions?