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James Clinton “Clint”Wester Jr- US Army-“Bronze Star”


James Clinton Wester, Jr., 74, 5th generation Tampa native born February 11, 1946 – January 9, 2021.

Clint was called home to his heavenly father on Saturday, January 9th with his wife of 46 years, Meredith Wester, right by his side.

He served in the US Army from 1967 – 1973, completing two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.  He married Meredith Wester September 28, 1974.  He was a journeyman wireman project manager with Southern Electric of Tampa and a member of the local 915 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in North Carolina, watching Gator Football, hunting with his sons and traveling with his wife but most of all, he was happiest when around his family.

Clint was an active member at Idlewild Baptist Church of Lutz where he was a member of the Maranatha bible study class and served as an usher.

He is survived by his wife, Meredith Wester, son Clint Wester and spouse Tabitha Wester, son Brad Wester and spouse Stephanie Wester, son Mitch Wester and spouse Jacquelin Wester, three grandchildren Aliah Wester, Jackson Wester and Micah Wester, sisters Judith Wester Miller, Beverly Wester Harris and brother-in-law Bill Harris.

He was preceded by his parents, father James Clinton Wester, Sr. and mother Alva Wester, his sisters little Alva and Carol Cunningham.

The funeral will be held on Friday, January 15th at Idlewild Baptist Church located at 1833 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, FL 33548.  Visitation is at 9:30 am, the service will start at 11 am followed by a graveside service at Myrtle Hill Memorial Cemetery location 4207 E. Lake, Tampa, FL 33610.

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  • Ellen McDonnell says:

    Brad – I only met your dad once but he knocked my socks off with his manners and grace. It was shortly after I met him that he got so sick and I was never able to speak to him again. In that short encounter he left a lasting impression on me and in the meantime I am getting to know you and appreciate where you got all of your good qualities. You and Stephanie make him proud Brad – keep it up! God bless you, Stephanie and your mom in these challenging times! I will not be able to attend his service on Friday but you will be in my thoughts and prayers! Love. Ellen McDonnell

  • Mike and Karen Walley says:

    Clint was our friend and we will miss him tremendously. He is one person I can say with absolute certainty, I know exactly where he is right now. We were blessed to have known him. RIP our friend.

  • Annmarie RT says:

    I was lucky to get to take care of him at his time of need. He was definitely a fighter.

  • Bill Paul says:

    Clint Wester was one of the most gracious, cheerful, and charming people I ever met. Every memory I have of Clint includes that big winning smile. He was a true gentleman. I was terribly sad to hear about all the suffering he endured, and I greatly admired his enourmous struggle to survive. It was a real pleasure to know this man, and I extend my deepest sympathies to Meredith, Mitchell, and their entire family. Bill Paul

  • Karen and John Rabbitt says:

    Meredith, we are so very sorry to hear this news. We always enjoyed being around Clint whether at a holiday party or a visit to your NC cabin. He was funny, interesting, smart and lovable. We understand how important he was to you and your family. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to you all. We will keep you in our prayers, but unfortunately will not be able to attend the funeral service. Karen and John Rabbitt

  • Nora Morris and Robert Morris says:

    Meredith, we pray for you and your family. You have Jesus walking with you now, with His arms around you. God bless you and your family and help you through this time. Clint lived a good life. – Nora and Rob Morris

  • Vincent Nuccio says:

    Meredith, Bee and I want you to know that we are thinking and praying for you. Clint was a wonderful man and he and you fought a courageous battle against his final illness. He is at peace now. God bless you.

    Vince and Bee

  • Roger Bennett says:

    Clint,(as you told me to call you), were such an inspiration to my son Roger Lee Jr. He always had you in his thoughts. One of the things he always stated was, “Dad that man’s been around, but you would never know it. He doesn’t brag!” I know that to be true Clint, you made me feel so special when I called just to “chat,” and you told me, ” Roger Lee is my 4th son. I hope you don’t mind me saying that.” Clint, Roger Lee doesn’t say much about most people, but when he does, I listen. Clint, you stating Roger Lee was your 4th son, well……it validated I had raised a son that a man such as yourself was also proud of. What a wonderful legacy you have left to “our” son. Clint, I knew you were an Army veteran, 2 tours Vietnam, but I did not know you had a “Bronze Star.” You didn’t have to inflate yourself, folks around you knew quickly you cared so much for others. Clint, I am so glad I met you and even more proud you accepted my son as yours’s. So as we signal “Retreat,” I say to you Clint,….OOHHRAH my brother, I will greet you in heaven!
    Roger Bennett Sr

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