William Raye Clitheroe DDS, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away surrounded by family on Jun 4, 2014 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer.
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"Billy Raye" was born in Beaumont, TX on Aug 16, 1932 to William Ernest Clitheroe and Mittie Raye Currey Clitheroe.
Bill graduated from Pasadena High School in 1950 and attended Southwest Texas State and graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1957.
After graduation he entered the Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the dental corp. Following his service in the army, Dr. Clitheroe returned to Houston in 1959 to begin his private dental practice. He was a beloved family practioner until his illness. Dr. Clitheroe was a member of the ADA, TDA, Greater Houston Dental Society and the American Association of Dental Insultants. He was a Fellow in both the American and International College of Dentists and held leadership positions at every level of organized dentistry. Dr. Clitheroe organized and chaired the Endowment Fund for the University of Texas Dental Branch and was a mentor to many dental students and dentists over the years. He was also a past president of the alumni associations of SWTSU and UTDB Houston.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.
Billy Raye was also an avid mariner, enjoying many happy hours with his friends on the water.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sara McConnico Clitheroe; son Dr. Lee Clitheroe and wife Debbie of Missouri City TX; daughter Dr. Carie King and husband Dr. Ricky King of Ft. Worth TX; son Dr. Scott Clitheroe and wife Jen of Austin TX. Grandad Bill was proud of his wonderful grandchildren, Jenny, Jimmy and Patick King; Justin, Tori and Will Clitheroe.
He is also survived by his sister Doris Norton and husband John of Greenville Texas and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
After a private graveside service, a celebration of his life will be held at 2pm June 14th, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 9600 S. Gessner Hou, TX 77071.
BYOB-RS,"Bring Your Own Billy Raye Stories", to a reception at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in honor of Billy Raye to the UTSD Alumni Foundation or the outreach program at Epiphany, ECHOS or chairity of your choice.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 7, 2014