Final week, we reported on the information that Jim Bob Duggar’s uncle Tommy Lester had handed away at his residence in Arkansas on the age of 75.
Police paid a go to to the Duggars’ residence on the day of Tommy’s passing, and a number of other shops initially reported that the 2 occasions had been associated.
We later realized, nevertheless, that the police presence was a results of a earlier responsible plea entered by Jim Bob’s daughter Jana.
However even thought the cops weren’t available to tell Jim Bob of his uncle’s passing, information travels quick in small cities, and the previous actuality star actually would’ve realized of the loss of life not lengthy after it occurred.
So the household’s absence from Tommy’s funeral got here as one thing of a shock, particularly since Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald, was scheduled to officiate.
In response to a brand new report from UK tabloid The Solar, Tommy Lester was laid to relaxation in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Thursday.
He acquired full army honors attributable to his service within the US Navy in the course of the Vietnam Struggle.
However Tommy’s well-known nephew was not available, nor had been his many kids.
The explanation, sadly, may very well be that Tommy was overtly homosexual and spent most of his grownup life fortunately married to a person Lawrence Nestrud.
The Duggars are vehemently anti-gay, and insiders say they’d no contact with Tommy in the course of the last years of his life.
“Tommy eliminated himself from the household many years in the past,” one supply tells The Solar.
“No one stored in contact with him in any respect. All of the household is aware of is that he was homosexual and was married. He separated himself from the household when the oldest Duggar kids had been younger.”
Regardless of the lengthy interval throughout which Tommy had no contact with the Duggars, Ben stepped down because the officiant for his funeral so not too long ago that his title continues to be listed within the obituary.
Seewald is moderately progressive by evangelical requirements, however like all Duggars, he’s hesitant to defy Jim Bob’s ridiculous perception system, and he may need felt pressured to step down on the final minute.
As for Tommy, it appears he died unexpectedly after struggling a coronary heart assault at his residence.
“The First Responders positioned Tommy Lester within the grasp rest room of the residence. First Responders moved Tommy to the lounge and tried life-saving medical therapy on Tommy,” reads a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Division.
“I used to be informed they tried life-saving medical therapy till Tommy handed away.”
Police say Tommy “had not felt effectively and fell down a number of occasions the evening earlier than” and appeared to have died of pure causes.”
In his obituary, Tommy is described as “sort, mild, and clever.”
The obit additionally notes that’s survived by his partner, Lawerence Nestrud; two siblings, Billie Lester of Farmington, Arkansas and Connie Beard and her husband Layne of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and a bunch of prolonged members of the family.”
Our ideas exit to his family members throughout this troublesome time.