Clarence W. McClure

February 16, 1932 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Clarence McClure Obituary

Clarence was born on February 16,1932, to Rev. William McClure and Rillia B Smith McClure in Yoakum, Texas. He was the ninth of thirteen children. Clarence  stated that his parents “Were certainly blessed by God to be able to provide food, shelter, clothing, educational opportunities and most of all, the love of Jesus Christ to ten sons and three daughters.”

After graduating from Asberry High School in 1949, he attended St Phillips Junior College in San Antonio, Texas and graduated in 1951. He then started his first job at North Kelly Air Base as a civil service employee and worked there for fifteen months. Clarence then decided to return to college at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas to seek a Bachelor of Science Degree, which he earned in 1955. After graduating from Huston-Tillotson he accepted a teaching position in Flatonia, Texas which kickstarted a career for eleven years in public education.

One year later he accepted a Teacher/Coach position at Karl Downs High School in Weimar, Texas. Four years later he accepted the position of Assistant Principal at E H Henry High School in Eagle Lake, Texas and in 1962 he was promoted to the position of Principal. He retained that position until he decided to leave the public education system in 1966.

Clarence then accepted employment at the Gary Job Corps in San Marcos, Texas as a Placement Counselor/Processor and in 1971 was promoted to Manager of Personnel. Clarence stated that “This position was certainly a blessing from God, because of the status it provided me.” He retired from the center in 1993 after twenty-seven years of service. Clarence stated that “The Lord has so wonderfully, blessed me throughout life. Since graduation from college, I have never been without a job for a single day.”

Clarence was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1952 and a year later he married Maxine Thomas. They both then joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Sneed and remained there until 1955.Clarence united with Macedonia Baptist Church in Weimar, Texas in 1956 and was ordained as a Deacon in 1964.

He remained there until he joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Texas. He Joined Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in 1966 under the leadership of Rev. N. W. Bacon. Clarence stated that “I have had so many wonderful experiences in this church with many wonderful people.” He also remarked “I have seen Greater Mount Zion grow through the years … under the leadership of Pastor Gaylon Clark. Greater Mount Zion has always been a caring and loving church. God has certainly shown His favor for Greater Mount Zion.” He served as a Deacon, Chairmen of the Budget Committee and was an active member of the Finance committee for many years.

Clarence enjoyed teaching young people, coaching athletic activities and being a school administrator. Another passion was his involvement with the Austin Capital  City Lions Club and was a Charter Member since 1967. He served as President from 1980 - 1981, 2012 - 2013 and he also served on the Board of Directors. He especially enjoyed participating in many philanthropical activities and attending the national meetings held throughout the USA with other Lion Clubs. He was very dedicated and actively involved in the Yoakum Asberry Alumni Association and the Huston Tillotson Alumni.

His hobbies included fishing, playing dominos, cross word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and traveling, He and Maxine traveled to forty-nine of the fifty states in five years.

Clarence was predeceased by his daughter, La Mildred Adell Goldsmith; parents, Rev. William McClure and Rilla B. McClure; stepfather, Lawrence Henderson; brothers, Rev. Vernon W. McClure, Paul L. McClure, T. A. McClure, James C. McClure, Warren G. McClure, Ernest R. McClure, William McClure II; sisters, Louvella Ware, Marjorie D. Hodges.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 71 years, Maxine Thomas McClure; son, Gerald Eric McClure and wife, Nancy; grandsons, Gerald Goldsmith, George
Goldsmith, William McClure; granddaughter, Rayshean Davis and Great grandchildren; sister, Barbara E. Fortson (Joe); sisters-in-law, Fannie McClure (James), Hazel McClure (Ernest); brothers, Robert J. McClure (Wandalyne), Charles McClure (Delores); and a host of nieces and nephews and many other relatives and dear friends.

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February 2, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church
4301 Tannehill Lane
Austin,, TX 78721

Funeral Service
February 2, 2024

12:00 PM
Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church
4301 Tannehill Lane
Austin,, TX 78721

February 2, 2024

1:30 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
3304 E 12th Street
Austin, TX 78721


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