August 14, 1938 ~ September 9, 2012
Longtime Arlington resident Clarence R. Lyday, 74, peacefully passed on to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, surrounded by loving family and friends. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Clarence would be honored by gifts to a charity of choice. Born in Dallas, Clarence treasured his happy childhood in Durant, Okla., and Garland. Proud alumni and athlete of Garland High School,, he joined the University of North Texas football team and Geezles fraternity, and earned a B.S. and M.A. in education. He worked for his father in the construction trade, then taught math and coached at Ousley Junior High in Arlington. He then built a successful career as a computer programmer/analyst at local defense contractors and banks, retiring from the city of Arlington Information Technology. Clarence was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 40 years and Bible Study Fellowship for 20 years. He enjoyed woodworking, music, and coffee with friends. Clarence's warm smile, humor, listening ear and generous heart blessed many. A caring and devoted son, brother, husband, father and friend, he was preceded in death by parents, Clarence Walter Lyday and Freda Nadell Lyday, and sister, Ann Georgoulis. Survivors: He is survived by his cherished wife of 49 years, Treva Jere Lyday; son, John Russell Lyday; daughter, Robin Jeree Lyday and her fiance, Michael Paul Anderson; his sister, Kay Lyday Branham; and beloved cousins, nephews and nieces.