Chess Arnold C.A. Henson, Jr. LUBBOCK- Chess Arnold C.A. Henson, Jr. passed away at his home on October 20, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Abilene, Texas on July 11, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chess A. Henson and Gladys Cummings Henson. C.A. attended Abilene schools, where he graduated from Abilene High School in 1947. After attending Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College for two years, he returned to Abilene where he graduated with a degree in business from Hardin-Simmons University in 1951. He served in the United States Army Reserves, attaining the rank of second lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant for the 131st Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged from the reserves in 1962. C.A. married Edna Ruth Ball on February 13, 1954 in Abilene and joined the Featherlite Block Company that same year. He became a regional manager for Featherlite, overseeing operations in Abilene, Dallas, Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Lubbock, and Midland. In 1980, following Featherlite's acquisition by Justin Industries, C.A. received the Justin Award, which is the highest honor available to employees of Justin. He retired from Featherlite in 1993, after 39 years of distinguished service. During his business career, C.A. was active in the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and the Abilene Exchange Club. He chaired the Exchange Club's Goodfellow Christmas project for children in cooperation with the Abilene Junior League. Upon retirement, he was able to enjoy his love of golf, and served as president of the Senior Men's Golf Association at Lakeridge Country Club in Lubbock. C.A. is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edna Ruth Henson. Other survivors include his sister, Jean Threlkeld and her husband, Don, of Denver, Colorado; his two daughters, Cindy Henson Zoller and her husband Ken, of Midland, and Cathy Henson Gray and her husband Steve of Oklahoma City; and his four grandchildren, Katherine and Kimberly Zoller and Kelsey and Cody Gray. A memorial celebration of C.A.'s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 33rd and Indiana in Lubbock. A visitation for family and friends will be in the Westminster Parlor at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2012. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hospice of Lubbock, or Lubbock Meals-on-Wheels.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Oct. 22, 2012