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Oldest living Wilson County lawman celebrates 90 years
Surrounded by family and friends April 13, Virgil C. “Chester” Lamberth — considered the oldest living lawman in Wilson County — celebrates his 90th birthday in the Sokol Hall near Floresville.
FLORESVILLE -- Retired lawman Virgil C. “Chester” Lamberth is believed to be the oldest living former Wilson County deputy.
He recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a party in the Sokol Hall near Floresville, surrounded by more than 100 family members and friends, special guests and dignitaries, who showered Chester with congratulations and warm greetings.
The party was thrown by his son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Allison, and their sons, Luke, Jake, and Ben.
Chester was born April 3, 1924, in Houston. His family relocated to Wilson County shortly thereafter, and Chester grew up in and around Stockdale.
He joined the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to Stockdale in the 1950s, serving under Sheriff Don Carnes.
After eight years as a Wilson County deputy, Chester was encouraged by Texas Ranger Zeno Smith to apply to the Alamo Heights Police Department. In February 1962, he accepted a position with the department. He completed 25 years of service with Alamo Heighs, retiring at the rank of captain in 1987.
Among his many acts of heroism and courage, he thwarted a robbery of the Broadway National Bank, later receiving a letter from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commending him for his bravery.
After retirement, Chester joined his son, Ray, in the cattle business in Laredo and Floresville. He now enjoys his grandsons and creating more memories with his lovely wife, Gaye.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt -- now the longest-serving holder of that office -- attended the party for Chester, who recalled the days when he served with the sheriff’s father, who was a deputy.
Also attending was Alamo Heights city Councilman Robert C. “Bobby” Hasslocher, who delivered a proclamation signed by Alamo Heights Mayor Louis Cooper. The proclamation recognizes Chester’s public service. Hasslocher and his wife, Jill, reminisced with the retired lawman about the many times he stopped to discuss certain “infractions” with the young Hasslocher and his twin brother when they were in high school.
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