Chester Buford Hales, 71, of Claude, TX passed away on December 3, 2020.
A public viewing will be held for friends from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Monday, December 7, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers in Claude, TX, 200 Parks. A memorial will be held at a later date.
Chester was born in Tulia, TX on January 28, 1949, to Joe and Billie. He lived in Canyon, TX until the 8th grade. He graduated from Claude High School in 1967. He then attended West Texas State University in Canyon for 3 years and then he went home to work on the farm in Claude, TX. Chester married his wife of 48 years, Linda Clewis, in June of 1972 in Amarillo, TX. They lived in Gruver, TX until December of 1973 and then moved to Claude where he worked for S&S Plow Co. Chester then became part-owner with his dad Joe at Flea Market Antiques, which he owned for over 45 years. He retired from the antique business in 2017 to spend more time with his family. At that time, he also began farming south of Claude. During his earlier years, he showed registered Angus and registered Shorthorn cattle. He was active in Armstrong County 4-H for 35 years and was member of FFA during his youth. Chester was an avid fisherman and made his own fishing lures. He built and sold Ouggie Baits with his son, Cory for many years. Chester was a member of Golden Spread Bass Club and fished many tournament trails with his kids. Chester’s family has a long history of livestock show participation, including his family growing up, his children and his grandchildren. Chester never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his son, Cory Hales; sister, Sherry Hales Welch; his parents; and brothers-in-law, Jack Meathenia and Harry Wood.
Survivors include his wife Linda Hales, of the home; daughter, Tiffany Blandford and husband James, of Claude, TX, and Leslie Miller and husband Marc, of Justin, TX; sisters, Peggy Meathenia, of Claude, TX, and Jean Wood, of Claude, TX; four grandchildren, Jayden ‘Jaybird’ Blandford, Lexi ‘Red’ Blandford, Addie Miller, and Mason Miller; and numerous other family and close friends.
The family suggests memorials be to Armstrong County 4-H and Claude EMS.
The family will be at 401 Hermosa in Claude.