Hulon Lex Webster, Ph.D. of Florence, died on Oct. 1, 2018 following a brief illness. He was born in Winfield, Alabama on March 24, 1936, to Sam and Etma Webster, who preceded him in death. On August 19, 1962 he married Virginia Christine White Webster, who preceded him in death in 2014.
Dr. Webster attended Auburn University where he received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees and earned his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 1969 in the field of Crop Science. Dr. Webster devoted his career to agronomy and plant science research for the Eli Lilly Company in Dothan, Alabama, Ames, Iowa, Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee, and Greenfield, Indiana before returning to Winfield, Alabama and eventually relocating to Florence, Alabama to be near his daughter. Dr. Webster found no greater pleasure than working in his yard, fishing with friends and family, and watching Auburn football.
He is survived by a son, Keith Webster of Florence, Alabama, and a daughter, Rachel Webster Hillis and her husband, Jamie Hillis, of Florence. He is also survived by his sister Bonnie Acker of Dothan, Alabama, brothers Donald Webster of Winfield, Alabama and W.B. Webster of Decatur, Alabama.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings Elaine Webster, Lavetta Kull, Jean Ryan and James Webster.
Funeral services for Dr. Webster were held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel in Winfield, Alabama. Visitation was held from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. (service time) at the funeral home. Burial followed in the Old Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Wayside, Fayette County. Rev. Dr. Andrew Keyse and Rev. Dr. Callie Plunket Brewton officiated the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gift may be made to the St. Francis Fund, Trinity Episcopal Church, 410 N. Pine Street, Florence AL 35630, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Old Union Cemetery Fund.
The family of Dr. Webster wishes to express particular gratitude to the special people at Columbia Cottage, Kindred Hospice, and the 6th floor nurses at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.
Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield, Alabama served the Webster family.
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