Charles Henry Hall, 80, of Vega, Texas went to that ultimate garage sale in the sky on January 25, 2024. He exited this world as he often ended his workdays, promptly at 5:00 pm. Charles, or Charlie as he was known to most, was born to Henry “Pete” Palm and Bessie “Becky” Marie (Wells) Hall on August 17, 1943, in Provo, where his father was helping to rebuild the Scofield Dam. Even though he was born in Utah, Charlie was always a true Texan and a proud resident of Oldham County.
Charlie grew up in Vega, helping his parents run an auto parts store and garage as well as the small Vega Motel on Route 66 which was converted from a turn-of-the-century farmhouse his parents had moved into town. After graduating from high school, Charlie enlisted in the Navy and served from May 1962 to July 1966. He was assigned to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823) during the Vietnam Conflict. After his discharge, he spent time in Maryland and California, but ultimately returned to the Texas panhandle where his childhood best friend, Lanny Cook, along with his wife Carolyn, introduced Charlie to the new schoolteacher in Vega, Lana Sue Hard. Charlie and Lana became fast friends and were soon inseparable. They married in Amarillo on October 5, 1968, and spent the next 43 years building a life in Vega where he opened his own garage and auto parts store, C & L Supply and they spent their weekends playing 42 with the Cooks. They bought that old Vega Motel in the early 1980s and turned it into a beautiful and loving home with Charlie doing much of the construction and remodeling himself.
Even though he was a mechanic by trade, Charlie’s true passion was collecting. Some might be tempted to call him a hoarder, but only by those who didn’t understand his “treasures”. Without a doubt, if you said, “Charlie, do you have … ?” He would likely walk off without saying a word and return a few minutes later with two or three examples of exactly what you needed. Of course, this also made him impossible to shop for because he already had whatever you might try to give him. Charlie was never without a few essential things: pocketknife, screwdriver, wrench, welding cap, grin, and a remarkably quick wit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Clyde Raymond Hall, and sisters, Fay Marie Tibbs and Kay Marion Cassetty. He is survived by a full family reaching wide across Texas including his children, Michael Hall and wife Robin of Sulphur Springs, daughter Casey Robinson and husband Shane of Vega, grandchildren, BriAnna Denbow and husband Christopher of Canyon, Sabrina Hutchinson and husband Christopher of Amarillo, Lucas Hunter of Austin, Sara Chapman and wife Shaci of Amarillo, Wesley Hall and wife Samantha of Lubbock, Quinton Hunter of Vega, Attison “Atti” Kate Pilgrim and husband Hunter of Brownsboro, and great-grandchildren Alexis, Madilynn and Barrett Denbow and Harmony, Leland and Levi Hutchinson. He was the favorite uncle of every niece and nephew and often called a favorite cousin as well. He had a passion for tools, good bargains, and Shirley Jean Mulherin, his constant companion and love for the last 11 years.
After semi-retiring, Charlie got into a new hobby: hot rods. He and Shirley Jean joined a car club and quickly became a beloved, integral part of this new community.
Charlie lived his life to the fullest until he just stopped living.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask you to make a donation to your favorite charity and maybe drink a cold one in his honor.
Visitation with the family will be from 6-7 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2024, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo. Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at First Baptist Church at Vega with Brian Hevrin officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.