Charles Douglas Wester, 88, of Collinsville, Texas was called to his Heavenly home on Saturday, January 30, 2021.
Charles was born on September 28, 1932 in Lamar County, Texas to James and Annie Mabel (Berry) Wester. He was a graduate of the Southmayd High School, class of 1951. He served as a Staff Sargent in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Charles married Ella Louise Wood on October 11, 1953 in Dorchester. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Collinsville. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, working his cows and just sitting around visiting and telling stories. Charles was a family man; he loved his family and cherished the times he spent with his children and his grandchildren and all the great-grandchildren. He served as the Fire Chief for the Dallas Naval Air Station in Grand Prairie. He retired from Montgomery Ward as a sales associate for the appliance department. Charles was the assistant Church Treasurer for First Baptist Church and served on the Building Committee and the Pulpit Search Committee. He served as a Trustee of Collinsville School Board for eight years and served as a past President and Vice-President. Charles served as a Chairman of Collinsville Park Board. He was the president of Woodbine Water Supply Corp. in 2000 and served on the board for 30 years. He enjoyed his time serving the community.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ella Louise Wester of Collinsville; daughter, Deborah Louise McCoy of Sherman; daughter, Melody Anne Graves and husband, Raymond of Collinsville; grandchildren, Keith Hensley and wife, Judy, Kristin Nicole McCoy, Paige Leann McCoy-Mazur and husband, Kyle, Jason Graves, Christopher Graves, great-grandchildren, Wade Graves, Garet Graves, Kooper Jo Graves, Blake Bullard, Michael Hensley, Jenny McCroskey, great-great-granddaughter, Ember Bullard and his brother, Don Wester of Sherman.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, James and Annie Wester, brothers, James L. Wester, Bill Wester, Winston Wester, Calvin Wester, sisters, Pauline Wilson, Mary Brinlee, Clara Swindle, Pauline Wilson and Freda Bicknell.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his honor to First Baptist Church Collinsville at P.O. Box 50 Collinsville, TX 76233.
Funeral services honoring Charles will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at First Baptist Church Collinsville, officiated by Rev. Jerry Davis and Bro. Ricky Patterson. Interment will follow at Collinsville Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held for friends and family one hour prior to funeral services at First Baptist. Arrangements are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro.
In accordance with CDC guidelines masks and social distancing will be required at the service and interment.
My sincere condolences to the family. I enjoyed visiting with Charles often about his garden and beautiful blue bonnets. He was very kind and will be missed.
Charles was a good friend. I’m going to miss his strawberries.?
May God bless his family and friends with the peace and comfort only He can provide.
My love for Charles and Louise goes back to the seventies. I owe my life to Charles because he was always there to rush me to the hospital after I was stung by a bumblebee or wasp, boy could that blue truck run! Since I wasn’t allowed in the garden, he always had the squash, okra, tomatoes and peas ready when I got there. Mel and I will miss our friend. RIP Charles.
My Uncle Charles was special to me and my family. I would stop by his home occasionally and he would take me to the garden and load me down with fresh garden items. We will miss him greatly.
So sorry for your loss Louise and family. He had a way and always made me laugh or smile. He will be missed, that smile of his. I was honored to have known him and you too Louise. Special couple. I pray for strength for you. God will give you comfort and love as only he can.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wester family as you go through this difficult time.
I will never forget my uncle Charles
My memories of the fishing trips he, my daddy, and myself went on will forever be precious to me. To my aunt Louise and to my cousins Debbie and Melody, my sincere condolences.
Prayers for all the family.
Charles was one of my favorite Uncles, when I was growing up. We didnt get to visit the family much, but I looked forward to the Wester family Christmas reunions and seeing him at Montgomery Ward when we go shopping at the Midway Mall. Prayers for the family and friends who have lost such a good man. My mom sends her condolences as well?Shirley Ann (Wester) Fiore and her daughter Sandy Stevens.
I haven’t seen Uncle Charles in years. But I do have fond memories of him from my childhood. He was very kind and always smiling. Prayers to his family. Rest in peace Uncle Charles.
Charles was a wonderful friend and neighbor. We loved watching him working out in that garden – even when he could barely get around. He was a good Christian man and we love his family. We are so sorry for your loss but I know he is in a wonderful place now with no pain or suffering.
Thoughts and wishes and prayers for the family of my uncle, Charles Wester. Also from Robert Wester.
With our deepest sympathy to your family From the Overstreet Family
Lou & Family; Words cannot express what a good friend Charlie was to Bill for MANY MANY YEARS!!! Bill will be extremely lost now. Charlie was accepting of me when I came & I enjoyed him & the visits we all shared.
Charlie will be missed tremendously by all who were privileged to know him.
We are sending you ALL our sympathy with deep concern, prayers & love.
My wife Chris and I moved to Collinsville from Louisiana 6 years ago right next to Charlie and Lou. Early on Charlie took me around to see the sights and meet his many friends. He was the first person I met here, and my first friend; always kind, helpful, and usually with a gift from his garden. As far as I can tell, he was the only one around here that would (could) eat my wife’s Cajun cuisine. He said “the hotter, the better.” We are really going to miss you Charlie. Chris and Larry Turner