Actor Tom Lester, known for his role as Eb Dawson in GREEN ACRES, died Monday in Nashville from complications due to Parkinson’s. He was 81.
“He would often call me every week and he would pray with me,” friend and fellow actor Gary Moore told Fox News. “We laughed all the time. I saw Tom last month in Nashville, and I got to hear him say ‘Golly’ one more time then I prayed with him. He met Jesus in Heaven today and looked around and I know he said, ‘Golly, this is even better than you told me!’”
Born in Laurel, Miss., Lester grew up working on his grandfather’s farm. He earned a degree in chemistry at the University of Mississippi and taught in Oklahoma for a few years before making the move to Hollywood. He landed his role in “Green Acres” in 1965, beating out the competition because he was the only actor who could actually milk a cow.
Following his acting career, he traveled the country to speak to religious gatherings and youth groups about Christianity.