Memorial Service
First Christian Church
2323 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401
Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00 am
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I served in the Navy.

James Edward ChidesterI am a Veteran.

of Lubbock, TX

February 20, 1942 - October 14, 2020

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James Edward Chidester, 78, of Lubbock, entered Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Lubbock. James was born on February 20, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas to William Hamrick and Dorothy Pulliam Hamrick. His mother later married J.W. Chidester, who adopted him. They moved to Brownfield, and he graduated from Brownfield High School in 1961. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was in the UDT/Seal program and had attended Texas Tech University. He had worked for the Texas Department of Transportation as an accountant and fraud examiner, retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service.

James married Shirl Andrews on September 1, 1990 in Austin. Because of his love for hunting and the outdoors, they moved to Colorado for 9 years. They moved back to Lubbock in 2004. He was a member and Deacon at Community Christian Church in Lubbock and was loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed life and spending time with his family and friends. He always had a smile on his face and loved engaging in conversation and never met a stranger. He was always known for wearing his ball caps in support of his Texas Tech Red Raiders, the U.S. Navy, and the Dallas Cowboys.

James is survived by his wife of 30 years, Shirl Chidester, son, Christopher Chidester and wife, Andy, daughter, Stacy Neves and husband, Fred, daughter, Kerri Snyder and husband, Buford, Geri Kajimura, mother of Christopher and Stacy, sister, Patsy Gayle Yarbrough, grandchildren, Kandace and Brooke Neves, Justin Chidester, and Delilia Jaymes Snyder, great grandson, Chase Robinson and another great grandchild on the way due in April 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Tommy and Gerald Chidester, sister, Billie Buxkemper, and mother of Kerri, Ann Webb.

Family directed memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the First Christian Church, 2323 Broadway, in Lubbock. Social distancing and face masks will be required. Cremation arrangements are under the personal care of Combest Family Funeral Homes in Lubbock. Please visit for more information.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Community Christian Church, 3417 96th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79423.

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9 Condolence(s)
Tammy Sturm Thompson
Temple, TX
Friday, October 23, 2020

I knew James back at the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (TxDOT). James was always saying something to make people laugh. He, Carol Whittenbaugh, and I (and sometimes others) had many a good time at lunch. I have thought of James often through the years. I am sorry to learn of his passing.

Van and P.J. Webb
Lubbock, TX
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, and especially with Kerri at this time. James will certainly not be forgotten.

James Billington
Lubbock, TX
Saturday, October 17, 2020

I'm so sorry for your lost my thoughts and prayers 🙏 with you and family

Shelly Walton
Lubbock, TX
Saturday, October 17, 2020

So sorry for you loss.
May Angel Arms surround you.

Shelly Walton

Carra Verette
Saturday, October 17, 2020

James was a wonderful country gentleman and always had a corny joke to make everyone smile or truly laugh.I meet him and Shirl when Stacy had Kandace.He wa always smiles. I am truly blessed to enjoy his friendship.Sending prayers hugs and love to his family

Don W Patton
El Reno, OK
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Wonderful friend and person, you will be missed . R.I.P. buddy

Lori and Steve Kajimura
Cedar park, TX
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the family at this time of remembering. Rest in peace.

Gena Chidester
Tivoli, TX
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Sending my love and prayers!!

Rick Dailey
Marion, TX
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Shirl-Stacee and I are very sorry to hear of James's passing. Knowing that he has been struggling with his health in recent years, we all know that he is in a much better place now and pain free. We are praying that your sadness will pass in time and you will only think of the good times that you enjoyed with him.