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Cliff Terrell leaves behind a legacy of how an honorable man of integrity, vision, and a keen sense of humor can make a difference in the lives of his children, grandchildren and the community. Leading by example, he set a high bar. His belief and motto with his works was "Quietly doing what others think just happens".
With the city flags flying at half staff, Cliff Terrell, a former resident of San Antonio, was buried on March 29, 2013, in the historic Morton Cemetery of Richmond, Texas.
During his decade in San Antonio, he served as Director of Military Affairs and later Executive Vice President of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Cliff contributed immeasurably to the success of the Ft. Sam Houston Operational Friendship Program, the development of the FSH Military Museum, and the varied sports, civic and community relation program conducted by Headquarters, FSH. He also served on the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve from the Dept. of Defense.
Terrell worked successfully to move the Spurs from Dallas to San Antonio and was a life long Spurs fan. He developed the local missions from state to national parks He also was proud in his work in writing the law that became the Texas Tuition Equalization Grant Program.
Before leaving San Antonio, Cliff was Director of Government Relations for Valero Energy Corp.
Twice working for the Rosenberg-Richmond Chamber of Commerce, he attracted Texas Instruments to Stafford, seved on the Board of Directors for Fort Bend County Toll road Authority, and Board of Directors West Fort Bend Management District, Consultancy to Wharton Community Junior College, Executive Advisory Board of Oak Bend Hospital. He was instrumental in attracting Richmond State supported Living Center to the county, Extended US 59 to Rosenberg and obtained the Highway/spur 10 bypass and served as chairperson of Richmond St. John's Methodist Church Administrative Council.
Cliff helped create the Fort Bend Literacy Council and served on its Board of Directors.
More recently, he was a consultant to the George Foundation creating a fully operational ranch for visitors. He served 2 years as appointed by the Commissioners Court as the County Treasure to fill in an unexpired term--and worked diligently to have the office abolished.
Preceding his death was his loved son, Trey C Terrell.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Roberta Williams Terrell, of 19 years, daughter Tyanne Terrell and husband, Wes Rapp, grandchildren (who called Cliff "Pop") Callie and Emily, former wife and good friend, Ann L. Knox.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 7, 2013