Chester Boyd Cox Jr, 82, of Cashion Community, passed away on December 12, 2022, in his sleep at his home. He told his last great tall tale with his unique twang on December 11, 2022. Upon his passing, Chester Boyd got his wings and was able to fly to heaven at a much faster rate of speed and with ease versus in life, when he would fly his Texas Tech decorated ultralight airplane.
Chester Boyd was born on October 2,1940 to Chester Cox Sr. and Inez Eavenson Cox in Seymour, Texas. Chester Boyd was a larger than life personality known by many, throughout his life, for the stories he would share, things he would do and the Cowboy life he lived. After graduating from Seymour High School in 1958, he went on to study at Abilene Christian University and later transferred to Texas Tech where he graduated with a B.S. degree majoring in Animal Husbandry.
After graduating, Chester Boyd was self-employed working mostly in the construction industry and oil business. Chester built various steel metal buildings for horse stalls, homes, and businesses throughout the area. At the time of his death, he was the owner/operator of Midway Materials, an aggregate hauling and delivery operation.
Chester Boyd had a lot of fun in life and good times involving the hobbies and adventures he undertook. As a Cowboy, he was involved in Rodeos growing up and competed in them. To prove he was in the rodeo to his kids, at age 40 plus, Chester made a comeback on the local rodeo circuit. After winning a couple of rodeos, in the wild horse race, he decided to try his luck at the next biggest rodeo, the Henrietta Pioneer Rodeo. After surviving the first night, Chester was able to recruit a replacement team on the next night, but Ole Blue got the best of all of them that evening. He always loved to tell the story about how the famous Ole Blue beat him. In 1986, he rode in wagons during several stages of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration ride in San Antonio and Wichita Falls.
Chester had a love of flying and crashing his planes. He attempted to be a self-taught ultralight airplane pilot. He managed to practice many hours, while reaching his estimated record height of 20 feet, but unfortunately, he crashed his plane 20 plus times into barbed wire, headfirst into the ground and sideways a couple of time. He always vowed to try again, and he did.
He recently took an interest in gyrocopters and made plans to leave a mark with the one he bought. He was picking it up in NW Arkansas one time and the gyrocopter fell off the trailer in Oklahoma City. Luckily it rolled to the side of the road, and he was able to come back an hour later to pick it up with only minor damage to the gyrocopter and leaving marks on Interstate 44.
In the Cashion Community area, he was a friend, business entrepreneur and loved to host parties/events at his place. One of the biggest things he brought to the area was the annual firework stand he managed for over 20 plus years. Locals would all come to see Chester Boyd aka “Crazy Eddie” to buy fireworks, get a free drink and have a shot at winning the drawing for $500 worth of fireworks. Prior to starting the firework stand, Chester owned and operated a small convenience store called the Hitchin Post in the same location.
Chester Boyd loved to fellowship and hang out with friends and family. Whether in Burkburnett, Dallas, Oklahoma City or even Washington, D.C., Chester would run into someone he knew and would strike up a story. He never met a stranger. He loved comedy and telling all the best stories he heard of during the day. His place was the Cathedral of Story Telling. His favorite choice of drink when telling these great stories was Coors, until the 1980s when he tasted Coors Light which was a bit healthier option.
Family members have often wondered what kind of stories and adventures they would have captured on a go-pro camera strapped to Chester Boyd. With a good camera setup this likely would have resulted with Chester having his own reality show.
He loved having a good time and fighting for his friends and things he was passionate about. In the Cashion area, he was known for helping folks out if they needed help with something. Once he helped a neighbor get their car unstuck from a snowy field. Later in the week, he successfully got the first two vehicles unstuck that he used on the first two attempts to get the neighbor out.
Chester Boyd was an original, one of a kind human being that everyone remembers and enjoyed some type of funny story with him. He will truly be missed and will never, ever, be forgotten.
Chester Boyd was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Gloria Jenkins Cox. He is survived by three children, Sherry Halter, Christy Cox and Jeffery Jenkins and wife Brandy Jenkins; granddaughter Jessi McBride and husband Kody; grandson Jake Gossett and wife Morgan; grandson Justin Gossett; grandson Colton Halter and his beloved cat, Milquetoast; granddaughter Alyssa Halter; granddaughter Alexis Halter; granddaughter Alaina Halter; great grand kids Cooper, Corbin, Reagan, Grayson, Charli; a lot of cousins; and animal companions Sally, Gracie and Little Bit.
In his memory, donations can be made to the Red Springs Community Center.
A private graveside service will be held in the Henson Cemetery in Red Springs under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Friberg-Cooper Community Center, 5528 Friberg Church Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76305, to celebrate, tell stories and fellowship about Chester Boyd a one of a kind individual. A lunch will follow.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Seymour.
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