Elton P. Hester, age 88, a lifetime resident of Italy died Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Waxahachie. He was born on March 15, 1919, in Italy, Texas, to Hardy Milton and Alvie Leona (Morrison) Hester.

He married Gladys Rosemond on Dec. 24, 1938, in Italy Texas. She preceded him in death after 59 years on Jan. 23, 1998. On May 22, 1999, he married Doreen Richey in Italy.

Elton retired from Ellis County Precinct No. 3 and farmed all of his life.

Survivors include his loving wife Doreen of Italy; daughter Kalena Crossley and her husband Jeff of Greenville; grandchildren, Brian, Gaines, Allyson, Amber and Riley; sisters, Joyce Gilley of Hillsboro and Reba Johnson of Italy; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Billie Faye Michaels and Sedalia Ratliff.

Graveside service and interment will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the Italy Cemetery with Ronnie Hartis officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy.

To view an online obituary or leave the family a personal tribute, visit the Web site at www.bozemitchellmckibbin.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.