In Memory of Alonzo Ester
Now we remember Alonzo “Dickey” Ester Sr., a successful nightclub owner, whose tragic death is only overshadowed by his personal achievements.
Ester was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 24, 1944 to Lillie Pearl and M.C. Ester. Although he would have many nicknames through the years, Ester was affectionately known to loved ones as “Dicky,” “Dick,” and “Mr. Dickey McKnight.” He attended schools in the Caddo Parish School District.
At the age of 17, Ester moved to the West Coast with his family. He came to Los Angeles to pursuit entrepreneurial goals. He had a way of keeping things in perspective, incorporating his prior knowledge and impeccable work ethic to create lucrative, yet challenging projects. He eventually got into real estate and later became a landlord. Ester gained not only the love and respect of his family and friends, but the community at large.
As time progressed, he would come to own a liquor store in Long Beach. He would eventually meet and marry his wife, Patricia Barber. From this union came two children. Ester and Patricia would keep a close friendship, even after their divorce.
He would eventually come to live in Leimert Park in 1999. Unfortunately, his home burned down in a fire. Ester turned the disaster into an opportunity to build the home of his dreams. He rebuilt a more lavish house in place of the old design. Esters would later move to Baldwin Hills.
The Dynasty Restaurant and Lounge in Inglewood, is what Ester would become most known for throughout South L.A. His knowledge of the times and entrepreneurial skills are what contributed to it’s success. The Dynasty nightclub was really the place to be, especially during his annual birthday parties.
Ester will always be remembered has someone who liked to entertain at his home. He liked people and exercised a healthy work ethic in life. He was an extraordinary and exceptional kind of guy. He is positively known for his one-liners. His short, quick, and direct conversation often left people in a stand still position for a minute or two, before they laughed, cried or displayed a little of both.
Ester was a caring and concerned father, an influential businessman and a strong, responsible adult who contributed to various charities. He was also described as a “street-wise” kind of guy who was wary of his surroundings and smart. He enjoyed his success and wasn’t afraid to show it with his fancy cars and extravagant lifestyle.
Unfortunately, Ester’s life was cut short in a senseless shooting, which occurred in his driveway. Reports claim neighbors heard two shots around 2:30am. Ester was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was 67.
Ester is preceded in death by his parents, Lillie Pearl and M.C. Ester; maternal grandparents, Susie B. and Jake Ester & paternal grandparents, Mary & Alex Brown; brothers, M.C. Ester Jr., and James Ester.
He leaves to treasure in his memory, his beloved children; Alonzo Ester Jr., Aaron Ester, Cussandra Ester, Kyndra Ester, Derek Pridgett, Keena Ester, Skyylor Ester, Abraham Moses, Sha’na Ester, Ishmael Ester, and Lillie Pearl Ester: grandchildren; Makelle Womack, Jessica & Jennifer Ester, Markeyda, Kywain, Jessica and Zakisha Davis: great grandchildren; Nada, Ebony, Kayla, Alicen and Kevin: sisters; Bernice Williams (Palmdale, CA), Susie Flucas (Desoto, TX), Cherry Granville (Mesquite, TX) and Annie Ester (Los Angeles, CA): brothers, Joseph Wright (Los Angeles, CA), Lamar Ester (Stockton, CA), and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He will always be remembered as an independent businessman, family man and someone who worked to make his dreams come true. He was a blessing to everyone that knew him. He is gone, but will always be remembered.