Charles Hoover Hayhurst, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, who loved wildflowers, art, the music of Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, old western movies, family cookouts, playing poker, negotiating a good deal, and watching the birds and squirrels gorging at his feeders in the back yard, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
Named after Charles Lindberg and President Hoover, his family nicknamed him “Lindy.” Born April 8, 1929 in Post Oak, Charles grew up on a farm in Jack County, growing cotton, corn and wheat.
All his life, he worked incredibly hard and long to be successful and independent. He recalled picking cotton as a young boy in the summer heat for 10 cents a day, and glad to have it.
In 1947, Charles represented Antelope High School on the Texas All-Star basketball team. After high school, Charles worked for Continental Oil Company shooting dynamite in the oil fields and later for the Lone Star Gas Company.
While working for the oil companies in San Angelo, he met his wife, Maurine Shafer. He and Maurine were married on June 14, 1949.
Charles joined the Air Force in 1950 and became an airplane mechanic. He served for 11 years, including service in Korea, pre-statehood Hawaii and Denver.
Charles began a career in sales, starting his first business while still in the service after his transfer to duty in Denver. “Charlie's Siding and Insulation” sold home improvements such as siding, storm windows, insulation and roofing. Charles moved back to Texas in 1977 to help his elderly parents and started “Charlie's Siding.”
Charles was a proud member of the Masons, attaining the 32nd degree. He supported their work raising money for Shriners hospitals.
He had a lifelong interest in self-education, philosophy and genealogy. He loved cooking for people, especially his Texas favorites like chili, beans, pico, barbecue and catfish. His chili was so hot you'd have fire coming out of your ears and he would chuckle while you gasped for water. A typical Charlie joke, he “tricked” one of his grandchildren into eating frog legs saying they were chicken, and later telling her chicken nuggets were made from cats.
Charles was always extremely generous and would be the first to help anyone in need. He was a devoted caretaker of his wife, Maurine in her later years as she struggled with Alzheimer's disease.
Charles' family has deep roots in America and Texas. The first Hayhursts came to America seeking religious freedom in 1682 along with William Penn and other members of the Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers. His great-grandfather, Samuel K. J. Hayhurst, was one of the pioneer settlers of Denton.
In 1914, Charles' grandfather, John Robert Hayhurst, received a $30 bonus from the Jacksboro Board of Trade for bringing the first bale of cotton to market.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife Maurine; his parents, Alex Hayhurst and Winnie Dawdy Hayhurst; one brother, Benton; two sisters, Opal and Margie; and his infant daughter, Tina Kay. Survivors include his daughter Teresa Gilbert and husband Bob of Bothell, Washington; son Charles M. Hayhurst and wife Roxanne of Jacksboro; daughter Heather Woodard and husband Chris of Dallas; dear friends Dave and Tammie Morgan; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family thanks Laura Vizcarra for her loving friendship and daily care of Charles during his last years.
By any of his many names, Charles, Charlie, “Lindy,” “Papa,” “Big Papa,” “Daddy,” and friend he will be deeply missed by all his family and his many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held 5pm Wednesday October 30, 2013 Coker Funeral Home Chapel.