Mr. Johnie Ray Jester, age 76, a resident of Auburndale, Florida passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center with his family at his side. Mr. Jester was born August 26, 1942 in East Prairie, Missouri to William Henry and Nancy Josephine (Flippo) Jester. He was a lifetime Auburndale resident and attended Auburndale schools. Johnie retired after 47 years of service from Com-Car as a grounds and maintaince supervisor. He enjoyed being around people, joking, the outdoors and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers – Henry & Troy and 3 sisters – Mamie, Shelly & Imogene. Johnie is survived by his loving wife of 55 years – Vernell; daughter – Karen Plant and her husband Michael; 2 brothers – Jack Jester and his wife Betty & Leroy Jester and his wife Kay; sister – Winnie Sue Wooden; nephew (son) – Mark Summerford; granddaughter – Brittany; grandson – Brandon; grandson - Jayden and great granddaughter – Mirah Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, September 28, 2018 at Kersey Funeral Home, visitation will begin at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park.