Lester “Ray” Pilkington, age 83, of Maryville, went home to his heavenly father Sunday, April 10, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Easte Pilkington; stepmother, Flossie Pilkington; son-in-law, Dennis Cooper; and grandson, Dean King. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue Pilkington; children and in-laws, Roger and Pam Pilkington, Jimmy and Donna Pilkington, Gail and Ron Young, Shirley Cooper, and Sandy and Ronnie Keasler all of Maryville; nine grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and James Deaton, Lois and Reece Millsaps, Bulah and Jack Palmer, Lula and Oscar Johnson, and Lillian and Harry Birchfield; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cubby and Unive Pilkington, Herman and Margarete Pilkington, and Luther and Tammy Pilkington; and several nieces and nephews. Special thank you to Blount Memorial Home Heathcare and Blount Memorial Hospice. Special thanks also to Brenda Key and Rev. Darrel and Brenda Croft. Funeral service will be held 8:00 PM Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Miller Funeral Home Magnolia Chapel, Rev. Jerry Little and Rev. Darrel Croft officiating. Interment service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday at Four Mile Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, (865) 982-6041, www.millerfuneralhome.org.