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For more than 35 years Cliff Hester served as attorney for the Town of Clarkton.

Tuesday night, the town remembered the late lawyer for his service. Hester died September 17, 2022, two days prior to his 66th birthday.

Clarkton Mayor Tim Tart presented a plaque to Hester’s wife, Erin, and their daughter, Corinne Hester Crews, prior to the Board of Commissioners’ regularly scheduled monthly meeting inside Town Hall. Commissioners Linda Croom, Jerome Myers and Stephen Hester were present along with Gary Grady, who was a law partner with Hester.

From left, Stephen Hester, Gary Grady, Linda Croom, Corinne Hester Crews, Erin Hester, Tim Tart and Jerome Myers

“We were married almost 39 years and he was the town attorney (for Clarkton) when I married him,” Erin Hester said. “He loved Clarkton. He was dedicated to the Town of Clarkton and all the people who lived here. He felt like it was his community. He would be so honored and so humbled by this.”

The plaque reads:

“Presented to the family of Henry Clifton Hester for professional and dedicated service to the Town of Clarkton for over 35 years.”

Hester also was the attorney for the Town of White Lake for more than 35 years.

Hester was a 1974 graduate of East Bladen High School. He graduated from Davidson College in 1978 and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1981. After practicing briefly in Atlanta, Hester returned to Elizabethtown to join the law firm with his father, the late Worth Hester. He remained with the firm that today is Hester, Grady & Hester.

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