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Calvin Nelson Clyde Jr.

Memorial services for Calvin Nelson Clyde Jr., 92, of Tyler, will be held Friday, April 26, 2013, 11 a.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church with Dr. John Robbins officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow in the church's Pirtle Hall.

A private family graveside service under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors will occur at Rose Hill Cemetery prior to the memorial celebration.

Calvin Nelson Clyde Jr. was born April 6, 1921, in San Antonio to C.N. Clyde, Sr. and Emma "Mimi" Butler Clyde. He was a resident of Tyler since 1922.

He graduated from Tyler High School in 1937, and was a 1939 junior college graduate from Kemper Military School, Boonville, Mo. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with honors from Southern Methodist University in 1941. While at SMU, his extracurricular activities included being a member of the cheerleading squad and running cross-country.

Mr. Clyde served in the U.S. Navy from July 1942 to December 1945 in aviation gunnery training. From 1943 to 1945 he was in aviation squadrons in the South Pacific and Corpus Christi, discharged as a lieutenant. From 1950 to 1951, he was press officer, 8th Naval District, New Orleans, La., completing his tour as lieutenant commander.

Mr. Clyde began his newspaper career in 1937 as a reporter trainee.

He was general manager of T.B. Butler Publishing Co., Inc. from 1951 to 1973, president/general manager until his retirement in December 1990, and chairman of the board since 1973.

He was president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association in 1958 and recipient of the Pat Taggart Award as Texas Newspaper Leader of the Year in 1980.

Other community and regional involvements include being named Outstanding Young Man of Tyler by the Tyler Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1949, receiving the W.C. Windsor Award in 1956, serving as president of the Tyler Rotary Club in 1958, serving as district governor of Rotary International in 1960 and being named Sportsman of the Year by Ducks Unlimited in 1980.

He was a former member of the Board of Directors for Dillard's Inc. and a trustee for the Watson W. Wise Foundation.

Mr. Clyde was a past member of the Tyler Industrial Foundation Board of Directors, the SMU Board of Development, Southwest School of Printing Management Board, director and committee chairman of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chili Appreciation Society of America and president of the Tyler School Board.

All persons who knew Calvin were familiar with his extraordinary wit and dry sense of humor. He once won an award in a Confucius Say contest with the entry "Confucius say Clyde win." His hobbies included hunting, postcard collecting, cooking and traveling.

His daughter, Carole Wilson, served as princess in the Texas Rose Festival, while daughter, Eloise Chandler; granddaughter, Anna Malone; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Clyde, served as queen. Great-granddaughter Rachel Clyde is serving as queen of this year's Texas Rose Festival.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.N. Clyde, Sr. and Emma "Mimi" Butler Clyde; his wife of 70 1/2 years, Patsy Kittrell Clyde, on July 21, 2012; and son, Nelson Clyde III.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Lloyd Wilson; daughter-in-law, Sherry Clyde Adams; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Venona Clyde, all of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Eloise and Bill Chandler, of Virginia Beach, Va.; granddaughter, Carrie Clark, of Dallas; grandsons, Nelson Clyde IV (Elizabeth) and Andrew Clyde (Leigh); granddaughter, Anna Malone (Brandon), all of Tyler; and grandson, Dr. John Clyde, of Spokane, Wash.; granddaughters, Dr. Mimi Miles (Avery), of Durham, N.C., Caroline Chandler, of New York City, Patsy Chandler, of Virginia Beach, Va.; great-grandchildren, Sarah Clyde, of Houston, and Cal Clyde V, Rachel Clyde, Jamie Clyde, Ferrell Clyde, Slade Clyde, Claire Malone and Emma Malone, all of Tyler and Lucille "Lulu" Clyde Miles, Durham, N.C.

He is also survived by cousins, Bill and Lenora Clyde, Tyler, and Kitty and Lanny Ramsay, Mount Vernon, and sister-in-law Elaine Kittrell, Huntsville, Ala.

Pallbearers include Dr. Bill Clyde, Lloyd Wilson, Bill Chandler, Nelson Clyde, Andrew Clyde, Dr. John Clyde, Brandon Malone, Avery Miles, Cal Clyde and Jamie Clyde.

Honorary pallbearers include Ben Fitzgerald, Dean Childres, Will Knight, Jim Perkins, Elmer Ellis, Bill Wylie, William Dillard II, Alex Dillard, Mike Dillard and members of the Friendly Bible Class at Marvin United Methodist Church.

The Clyde family wishes to thank Right-At-Home agency caregivers, Sue Gagliano, Kirhonda Smith, Stephen Tetteh, Shavonda Green, Demunz Johnson, Emma Gatewood, Cassandra Taylor and Karen Lott; Meadow Lake staff members, Candy Koster, Peggy Starks, Pat Chalk and David Jay; Heart-to-Heart Hospice nurses, Kaci Brown and Judy Skelton; aide, Nadalie Walker; personal assistant, Thomas Monroe; general assistant, Jose Licea; and housekeepers, Clara Mae Johnson and Anita Payne for their loyal and outstanding service to Calvin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St., Tyler, 75702; SMU Perkins School of Theology, 5915 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, 75208; or the Calvin & Patsy Clyde Presidential Scholarship, Office of Advancement, UT Tyler, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, 75799.


Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2013
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