Curtis W. Clerkley, age 87, passed away May 1, 2018. He was born on April 8, 1931 to Thomas D. Clerkley and Ola Spiller Moore in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1949. He attended Houston Tillotson College where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1952. He continued his education at Prairie View A&M where he received his Master of Education in 1969, in 1977 he received his Master of Science. In between 1958 and 1972 he continued his graduate studies at Texas A&I University Kingsville, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and the University of Texas Austin. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956.
Curtis married his wife, Ella Frances Clerkley, in July of 1954; they were married for a wonderful 64 years.
Curtis was employed with the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Throughout his career he served as teacher and a coach for elementary and junior high school. He also served as an Assistant Principal and Principal of High School and Middle School. He was also a director of the Curriculum Education Learning Center at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Curtis was actively involved with the community and his church as a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, President of Methodist Men, Chairman of Building Fund & Renovation Committee, Sunday School Teacher, Steward Board, Youth Counselor, Usher for Life Member of Texas P.T.A., Southside Youth Football, Boy Scouts of America and Little League Baseball. He was also a member of the Corpus Christi Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Corpus Christi Principals Association, Life Member Texas Retired Teachers Association, Corpus Christi Retired Teachers Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Betta Iota Chapter Epsilon Pi Tau, Up-Town Kiwanis Club- President, NAACP and Charter Member Phi Delta Kappa Coastal Bend Area Texas.
Curtis is preceded in death by his parents, twin sister, Myrtis Lovejoy & Margaret Yvonne Miller. Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Ella Frances Clerkley, son: Curtis W. Clerkley, Jr., grandchildren: Capt. Curtis W. Clerkley III, Brandon J. Clerkley and Liam D. Clerkley, great-grandchildren: Wyatt Alexander and Avery Bell Clerkley and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Seaside Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Johns United Methodist Church. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
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