On Monday, we brought you the story of an accident on Highway 231 in Montgomery County that left one man dead. Now, we’re learning more about that man, and the community he leaves behind.
Lige Hester was a fixture in Pike County as a security guard at the courthouse and performer at local events. People who knew him say his death is a loss for all of Troy.
Monday began as a normal day for John Dillard, a security guard and longtime friend of Lige Hester. “I had just talked to him about forty-five minutes before the wreck, he was in Pine Level, and he told me he was going to swing by the courthouse to see me when he got back from Montgomery. Of course, he never made it back,” said Dillard.
State troopers say Hester’s car crossed the median on Highway 231, colliding with an 18-wheeler. He died at the scene. On Tuesday, co-workers were beginning to learn of Hester’s death. “Some of them that come in here this morning didn’t know anything about it. I mean, everybody’s just stunned, really just can’t believe it,” said Dillard.
He says that’s because it’s not just Lige Hester they’ll miss, but his talent. “I remember years ago, I used to put him side-by-side with Elvis, and it was kind of difficult to tell the two apart,” said Jim Rolling of WTBF Radio in Troy
It’s a talent he shared with people across the county while giving concerts for seniors’ dances on Saturday nights. “During the work at the senior complex, we started playing some of his songs, and he’d come by on the morning show, and do some tributes. Just a good friend, nice guy,” said Rolling
Friends say Lige Hester gave his last concert at the fairgrounds last Saturday. He was 65 years old.
State troopers have not said what might have caused Hester’s car to cross the median and into the other lane. The crash remains under investigation.