On Sept. 25, 2013, Thomas David "Toby" McClenny passed away peacefully at his home after a long struggle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in the First Baptist Church in Mineola with Dr. Mark Neeley officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola.
Dr. McClenny was born in Mineola on Nov. 1, 1948, to the late Coy Lee McClenny and Oleta Moore McClenny and was immediately nicknamed "Toby" by his grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Norris McClenny; one son, Blair McClenny and wife Rie, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and one daughter, Brooke McClenny, of Nashville, Tenn. He is also survived by two sisters, Bertha Moore and Margie Young, of Garland; and numerous other family members and friends.
Dr. McClenny began his education in the New Hope School and transferred to Mineola schools in the sixth grade. He graduated from Mineola High School, where he participated in every sport, and he attended North Texas State University as well as the University Of Houston College Of Optometry. He practiced optometry in Mineola for almost 30 years. During that time he was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, and a choir member and soloist. He served the community through the Kiwanis Club, the Mineola Youth Foundation and the Mineola School Board. He was a member of Gideons International and enjoyed speaking on their behalf.
For several years he participated in medical mission trips to other countries, providing eye care while sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. In 2003 he and his wife joined International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and moved to Thailand to continue this ministry full time. They lived for seven years in Thailand, then several months in India, followed by two years in the U.K. Whether in Nepal or East Texas, Toby never grew tired of telling people of his absolute trust in his Savior, Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va., 23230.
Beaty Funeral Home Inc
5396 S State Hwy 37
Mineola, TX 75773
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Sept. 27, 2013