Ronald Clifton McClure, 83, of Ovilla, died peacefully in Midlothian on October 5th surrounded by his family.
He leaves his wife of 61 years, Bette Bob, his daughter Keri Black and husband, Kevin; son Andy McClure and daughter Shyanne; daughter-in-law Connie McClure; son Clay McClure and companion Kelley Huebner; daughter Amy Pomykal and husband Tim and their children Weston & Tate; sister Donna Kay Porter and husband Bill and their daughter Shelly Porter Harris and her husband Les and their son Will; son Zachary Porter and wife Emily; and nieces, nephews too numerous to list.
The oldest of two, Ronny was born July 15, 1934, in Dallas Texas to Clifton & Marcel McClure. He graduated from Sunset High School in 1951 and attended the University of North Texas where he graduated with a degree in Speech Therapy and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.
Ronny met Bette Bob Manning at North Texas and after three years of dating, dancing to the “One O’clock Lab Band,” and gallivanting around with the Theta Chi’s and Chi Omegas, they got married in Mexia, Texas. Ronny and B.B. moved to Sacramento, and he worked for the city of Sacramento ISD as a speech therapist while Mom taught PE. While they were there, they enjoyed racing in their Triumph TR3 at race tracks (Mom won most of the time) and running around with Klagge. After three years they got homesick and moved back to Dallas to get into the “bubblegum bidness” - his father had started a vending business and Dad wanted in. They decided to start a family, so B.B. traveled with him, then Keri was born. But Ronny and B.B. wanted more kids, so Andy and Clay were adopted to complete the family and move to Ovilla – Ronny and B.B. became Mom-n-Dad. After building their home on 58 acres, Mom had a surprise to find that at 40 she was pregnant with Amy. For the next 24 years, they sat in bleachers, cheered their kids on in every sport imaginable, and loved every minute of it. The kids loved having the newest video games at home (while Dad “tested” them), during hospital stays and even at college. After putting four kids through college for 12 straight years Dad continued to work and grow his business, eventually partnering with his son Andy – they shared adventures that Andy will not discuss to this day. When grandchildren were born, Mom-n-Dad were back in the stands or the audience cheering and supporting their family – many times being the loudest spectators. Upon his retirement, Ronny loved to “piddle down at the barn,” raising and doctoring goats which included special goat nurseries and a goat ICU, and fed his Pyrenees dogs gourmet meals of warm scraps in broth.
Ronny loved hunting and fishing, watching his children and grandchildren play sports, being a member of the Old Geezers bible study group, and dancing with Bette Bob. Ronny was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered for his wit, wisdom, a welcoming home to all who entered (with ample leftovers for his children and their friends), and his Ronny-isms.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Creekside Church of Christ located at 5401 E. Hwy 287, Midlothian, TX 76065.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to the Creekside Prison Ministry: Creekside/Prison ministry, In care of Bobbie Rigsby, 1305 South 5th Street, Midlothian, TX 76065. Online at: www.creeksidecc.com/online-giving/. Include in the memo area: Creekside prison ministry in honor of Ronnie McClure.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St. Waxahachie, 75165.