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Barclay Ryerson Ryall

1934 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Barclay Ryerson Ryall Obituary
Barclay Ryerson Ryall, 78, civic leader and longtime banker, passed away in Fort Worth on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, after a brief illness. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes will officiate. Interment: private. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land Funeral Home, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth. Memorials: For those desiring, memorial contributions may be directed to the . Barclay was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Fort Worth, son of Harold and Edythe Ryall of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He attended Alice Carlson Elementary and McLean Middle School and graduated from St. Andrews College in Ontario. He attended the University of Texas where he earned his BBA degree in accounting. His graduate degree in banking was earned at Southern Methodist University. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Barclay began his banking career in 1959 as a national bank examiner in Lubbock. He moved to Dallas to be a top contact for the Treasury Department during the early 1960s, then continued his career in Lubbock, when he was named senior vice president of Citizens National Bank. His banking career brought him to Fort Worth in 1969 to work as senior vice president of Continental National Bank. He continued his career as chairman and chief executive officer of Texas American Bank/Westside (formerly Bank of Fort Worth), president of Summit Bancshares and chairman/chief executive officer and co-author of the charter for Camp Bowie National Bank. In 1992 Barclay was called to Montana by the comptroller of the currency to assist with the takeover and sale of a rural agricultural bank in Wibaux. He made many friends there, moved to Helena where he lived until 1999 when he returned to Fort Worth. Barclay also served his community. He was the chairman of or a member of the board of directors of the Osteopathic Medical Center, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, National Conference of Christians and Jews, the United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County and the Texas Bankers Association. Barclay was married to Elizabeth Dickson Thompson with whom he had two children. He was later married to Alann Bedford Sampson. Barclay was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a loyal Republican. He had a passion for the scenery of Montana and shared it with many friends over the years by driving them over the Bear Tooth Highway, the Drive to the Sun and through Yellowstone National Park. Barclay enjoyed music, reading, playing baccarat and golfing in Las Vegas. One of his many mottos was "book your tee times, make your dinner reservations, then book your airline flight." He was an avid fan of college basketball, traveling to many Final Four championships. Barclay was also a foodie who enjoyed being a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. He will be fondly remembered for the wonderful food and drink he shared with so many. Barclay was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Edythe Ryall, and his sister, Barbara R. Thompson. Survivors: His children, Victoria Ryall and Barclay Ryall Jr.; grandsons, Christopher Smith and Carson Ryall; niece, Edythe Roberson; nephews, Miles Thompson, Mitchell Thompson and David Thompson; and many, many friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 27, 2013
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