Obituary - Sept. 7, 2016

David Clegg, beloved husband of Charlotte Howard Clegg died peacefully at MD Anderson Cancer Center on Aug. 30, 2016, with his family and friends at his bedside.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlotte; son, Steve and spouse Sherri; daughter, Carol and her spouse, Tina Miller; five grandchildren, Crystal Clegg Beverly and her spouse Rusty Beverly, Jesse Thomas Clegg and his spouse, Tiffany Clegg, Kyle Clegg, Joel Gardner and his spouse Madison Gardner and Keith Gardner; one great-granddaughter, Harper Clegg; several nieces and nephews and many, many long-time friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.M. and Virginia Minor Clegg; and sister, Marilyn Annette Clegg Farris.

David was born Aug. 14, 1935, at his parent’s home in Crawford County. He attended Van Buren Public Schools where he excelled in music as well as receiving the honor as an all state point guard for his high school basketball team.

On Oct. 4, David will be inducted into the Van Buren High School Hall of Honor. In 1954, David and Charlotte honeymooned through Texas to Kingsville, Texas, where he accepted a music scholarship to Texas A&I. He completed both bachelor’s and master’s degreee with his first job as a band director. He acquired his administrative certificate and served as a public school principal in Driscoll, Premont and Alpine Texas ISDs. He retired in 1990 after serving 10 years as superintendent of schools in New Summerfield, Texas. David’s life was centered in education and he was blessed with an outstanding gift to use any situation or event as a teaching moment for his students, colleagues, family and friends.

After retirement, he enjoyed his love of hunting and fishing and repairing small engines, thus his nickname “Shadetree.” David was a miraculous cancer survivor, battling three different primary malignancies over 26 years.

A celebration of life will be held at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama St., Houston, Texas. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. and service at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030, or the charity of your choice.