Actor Tom Lester, primarily known for his role of Eb Dawson on the ‘60s sitcom Green Acres died on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee at age 81. Lester died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. 

Lester was the last surviving actor of the original Green Acres cast. Lester’s brother Michael announced his death on his Facebook account and in local media reports. 

Lester, who became a devoted evangelist in 1948, dedicated his life to sharing his faith. 

“Tom Lester was a great friend of mine. We met over 20 years ago and stayed friends all these years,” Lester’s longterm friend, actor Gary Moore, told Fox News. 

“He would often call me every week and he would pray with me,” Moore continued. “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!’” 

Lester’s last credited role is Campin’ Buddies from 2014, with Don Most and Victoria Jackson. He is survived by his brother and his fiancée and caregiver, Jackie Peters. 


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