Chester Harlan Elswick, age 91, of Cisco, passed away, Friday, July 10, 2009. Funeral services were held at 10:00AM, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church in Cisco. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors under the direction of Summers-Chambers Funeral Home.
Chester was born on March 12, 1918 to Robert McDonald Elswick and Ginny Grant Elswick in Port Lavaca, Texas. He honorably served in Europe with the United States Army during World War II. After his military service he spent his working years first in South Texas, where he was employed as a carpenter by Humble Oil Company. He later moved to Amarillo, where he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker until he retired and moved to Cisco. He was a Christian and an active member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Chester possessed a very special talent as a woodworker and he loved his vocation. He especially enjoyed creating wood items for his family members and helping them with projects in their homes. In his later years, when he was no longer physically able to work so hard, he enjoyed reminiscing about his work and sharing his experiences with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed telling them about the “old days” when the world and life in it were so very different than they are now.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Moody of Little Rock, Arkansas; a brother, Ervel Elswick; and a sister, Edith Ross.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Elswick of Cisco; four daughters, Patsy Gnau and husband Edward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Sue Schroeter and husband Alex of Amarillo, Sharon Pitcox and husband Henry “Junior” of Brady, and Sandy Kitten and husband Charles of Amarillo, two brothers, John Elswick and Bill Elswick; two sisters, Bobbie Smith and Mary Gwin; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Chester also leaves behind his beloved friend, Ross Witt of Cisco.