Clyde Roy Blakeley SLATON-Graveside service for Clyde Blakeley, 86, of Lubbock will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, in Slaton's Englewood Cemetery under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton. Clyde was born March 4, 1928, in Fairfield. He passed from this life March 20, 2014, in Lubbock. He is the last surviving child of twelve children born to John Addison and Margaret Virginia Red Blakeley. He attended Fairfield High School before entering the Army Air Corps in March of 1949. He retired from the Air Force in November 1970 after a 22 year career as a Chief Master Sergeant. He served in the WWII occupational forces in Japan during the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. His loving and devoted wife and mother, LaWanda Henry Blakeley, predeceased him in November of 1981, as has his second loving and devoted wife and mother, Dawn Marilyn Wallney Blakeley, in May of 2011. Clyde received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible and Biblical Languages from Lubbock Christian University. He served as pastor of the First Christian Church congregations in Lamesa and Levelland. Clyde also was a chaplain for Hospice of Lubbock where he served as president and was chaplain of Methodist Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital, and University Medical Center. He was a past Commander of Disabled Veterans R. L. Ferguson Chapter 44. Clyde is survived by five daughters: Suzanne Blakeley of Mesquite, Leslie Darner of Lubbock, Janis Peterson of Houston, Karen Giles of Ft. Worth, Laura Wallney, Lisa Tilson, both of Lubbock, Beth Fortune of Garland; sons, David Wallney and Mark Wallney, both of Lubbock; nephew, Ralph Lambert of Fairfield; along with granddaughter and caregiver, Grace Darner of Lubbock; and seven other grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Lubbock's First Christian Church or Disabled Veteran Chapter 44.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 23, 2014