Clyde J. McSpadden

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Clyde J. McSpadden passed away peacefully at Galleria Woods Retirement Community in Birmingham on August 7, 2015. Clyde was the youngest son of Niccie and Bert McSpadden of the River Bend community in Bibb County, Alabama. His father passed away when he was eleven years old. He wanted Clyde to get an education and make something of himself. Everyone who knew Clyde knows that he fulfilled his fathers' wishes. Clyde was drafted after high school into the U.S. Army to serve his country in the infantry. Basic training was completed in California and then he was sent to join the 104th Infantry Division on maneuvers to proceed to combat status in the European Theater for ten months. It included the Battle of the Bulge. Clyde was awarded three European Campaign Battle Stars in Europe, A Presidential Citation and Combat Infantry Badge. After the European War, Clyde reported to San Luis Obispo, California and when the war was over in Japan he was transferred to Ft. McClellan for the remainder of his military service. At Ft. McClellan, he met Mildred Kyle to whom he was married for sixty-five years. Upon discharge from military service Clyde entered Jacksonville State Teachers College. He was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an honorary fraternity. He graduated as a teacher in 1949 and moved to Collinsville for two years. Then after completing the masters degree in 1951 from Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University), he moved to Baldwin County (Foley) to teach the high school sciences for the next ten years. After significant college work beyond the masters degree, he was asked to join the faculty at Jacksonville State University. It was hard to change positions because Mildred was employed at Pensacola Naval Hospital. However, she was able to transfer to Ft. McClellan. At JSU, Clyde published a laboratory manual and brought Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity to the campus. He was the No. 1 initiate and was the faculty advisor for about twelve years. At JSU, Clyde was director of the Northeast Regional Science Fair that had several national winners and was important in attracting excellent high school students to enroll at Jacksonville State University. Clyde was awarded Professor Emeritus Status at JSU. Upon retirement, Clyde and Mildred moved to Jasper, in Mildred's home county. Clyde joined the Rotary Club and became a fellow. Mildred was involved in Sunday school and traveled with her sister, Hazel Sherer. In 2007, illness caused the couple to move to Galleria Woods in Birmingham for adequate health care for Mildred. The family wishes to thank Galleria Woods for the good care for both Clyde and his wife. Mildred died April 30, 2012. Clyde is survived by seven nieces and nephews, and many great friends. He wishes to thank Jimmy McSpadden, his nephew for great and wonderful care. He also wishes to thank Pi Kappa Phi for being a great brotherhood of brothers, the Hanson family, of Foley, for being so wonderful, and Hazel and her family for all of their love and support. We look forward to seeing all these wonderful people in Heaven. All of Pi Kappa Phi members will be active or honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clyde's Scholarship Fund at Jacksonville State University. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m. at Kilgore Green Funeral Home. Funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery immediately afterward. You may register online at www.kilgoregreenfuneralhome.com
Published in The Anniston Star on Aug. 8, 2015
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