A.T. “Buck” Estes at 100 years old left this earth on January 14, 2010, to join his beloved wife, Velma McQueen Estes, who preceded him in death. Buck died peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends.
After serving his country for four years as a Marine, he re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific. In 1945 he chose to relocate to Seattle, Washington, working for Boeing Aircraft. In 1950 he decided to move his family to Texas where he worked as a self-employed Master Craftsman. He worked to the age of 72. His hobby, and his greatest love other than his wife, was fox hunting and his fox hounds. He also loved gardening. In 1997 he and his wife moved to Galveston to be closer to family.
He is survived by his daughters April C. Beall of Galveston, Margaret Angelos of Houston, Edna Barfield of Tomball, Grace Estes of Florida and son, Bobby Estes of Owhatan, Virginia. Grandchildren include Sherry and John Kirwin, Henry and Stephanie Beall, Rory and Debbie Beall, Shane and Michelle Beall, Kitty and Craig Kelso, all of Galveston; Cyndi Beall of La Marque; Carmen Baker of Lakeway; Chris and Jessica Keith and Magan Barfield, all of Houston. Buck also leaves behind 22 great-grand children and five great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, January 18th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Hampton Mabry officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the sisters of the Church of Latter Day Saints of Galveston, VFW of Galveston (of which he is a life time member), and the Hospice Care Team.