Clarence Priestly (1930 - 2018)

  • "Rest in Peace you meant a lot to our Community great..."
    - Rudy Natividad
  • "Mr. Priestly was my 6th grade teacher at Iles Elem.1960-61...."
    - Joe Black
  • "With wonderful memories we send love and condolences to you..."
    - Gloria Sanders
  • "Principal Priestly was such a great example of leadership..."
    - Nancy Claborn
  • "My condolences to the family during this difficult time."
    - Darlene Worthey

Lubbock- Clarence Howard Priestly, a retire elementary Principal, passed away after a lengthy illness on July 7, 2018 with his family by his side.

Clarence was born in Lubbock, Texas on March 1, 1930 to the late Mr. and Mrs Carlton Priestly.

He attended elementary and high school in Lubbock, Texas and participated in numerous and various activities including band, school clubs, dramatics, and athletics. He attended Samuel Houston College, and received a BA Degree in Biology and a minor in education. After finishing college he served two years in the United States Army. He received a certificate in Chemical, Biological, and Radiology(CBR) School. Later he received a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado with a Major in Administration and Supervision with a minor in Psychology. He also attended New Mexico State and Texas Tech University.

He was named Administrator of the Year in 1977 for LISD. He started his career as a classroom teacher in Shallowater. He came to Lubbock Independent School District in 1959 as a classroom teacher. He served as an Assistant Principal at Iles Elementary. He was the first black cross over principal at Bozeman Elementary in 1968 and served until his retirement.

He was involved in many professional organizations. He was President of the Lubbock Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, Life member of N.E.A and T.S.T.A, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association Lifetime member, and Retired Administration Association.

Clarence served on numerous boards including the library, Mental Health Mental Retardation, United Way, Well Baby Clinic, Kiwanis, Wesley Foundation, Girl Scouts, Community Action Agency Testing Committee, PTA District Board, and numerous others.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife Ruth Smart Priestly, three daughters; Nell Renee' Hodge(Ronnie) of Austin, Texas, Tanya Yvette Hubbard(Louis) of Atlanta, Georgia, Sheila Ruth Hodge(Bobby) of Austin Texas. Grandchildren; Roette Hodge, Rashonda Fennel, Bobby Ray Hodge Jr. of Austin, Texas and Yvette Ruth Hubbard of Atlanta, Georgia, one great-grandchild, Faith Nichole Hodge of Austin, Texas, three nieces; Belinda Priestly of Arlington, Texas, Yolanda Priestly Yound(Karl) of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Iva Johnson of Arlington, Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11am at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church(2304 Cedar Ave.) in Lubbock, Texas.

The Family would like to thank the numerous caregivers and friends who helped Ruth care for Clarence. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Meals on Wheels of Lubbock(2304 34th ST., Lubbock, Tx 79411) or Mount Vernon United Methodist Church(2304 Cedar Ave., Lubbock, Tx 79404).

Arrangements will be under the direction of Ossie Curry Funeral Home, 1805 M.L.K Blvd., Lubbock, Tx 79403


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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from July 13 to July 14, 2018