Clyde Wickliffe Day departed this life with his family by his side in Kerrville on May 29, 2019. Clyde was born Aug. 11, 1920 to Lorenzo Dow and Mary Elizabeth (Reneau) Day near Floyd. Clyde’s father passed away when he was two, and he and his siblings, May, L.D., James and Emmett were raised on a small cotton farm by his mother, a strong influence, who encouraged each of the children to obtain college degrees.
His education included Floyd High School, where he graduated as valedictorian, followed by Wesley Junior College and the University of Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, having proudly served on the USS Boston in the Pacific Theater. He was a professional engineer, working in the field of engineering and construction for 38 years, first employed at the Celanese Chemical Company plant in Bishop, followed by stops in New York and Houston, where he retired in 1983.
He was married to Rachel Elliott Pressly, daughter and granddaughter of Presbyterian missionaries in Mexico, on Oct. 6, 1943, and to this union were born, Neill Wickliffe, Margaret Reneau, Henry Pressly and Elizabeth Bradley Day.
The family was raised in Kingsville, where Clyde was active in the First Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis Club, and as a Boy Scout Leader. Clyde was active in the Methodist Church as a boy and the Presbyterian Church after marriage, serving as Deacon, Elder, Stephen Minister, Presbytery Chair of Council and Moderator of two Presbyteries, Brazos and South Texas.
In retirement, Clyde continued to serve in volunteer work for the First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville and donated more than 10,000 hours to Heart of the Hills Hospice. He was well known locally for his clock shop, Clyde’s Clocks, which he owned and operated from his home from 1983 through 2016, when he retired at the age of 95.
Clyde Day is survived by his daughter, Margaret Day and husband, Bruce Glover of Tehuacana; son, Henry Day and wife, Vicki of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his beloved son, Neill and daughter, Elizabeth having predeceased him; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family include Jennifer Lewis and husband, David of Reading, England; great-grandchildren, Blake and Owen Lewis, Geoffrey Day of Tokyo, Japan, and Lawrence (Lars) Koenig and wife, Kerri of Lubbock; great-grandchildren, Lily and Calleigh, May Koenig of Durango, Colo., Samuel Holan and wife, Kristen of Austin, Rachel Holan of Australia, and Rebecca Day of Houston; son-in-law, Evan Quenon, husband of Elizabeth; and special friends important to Clyde were his best friend, Penny Aberthal of Kerrville and caregiver, Sondra Nuno of Ingraham.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on June 29 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville, Peterson Hospice, or to the charity of choice.