Kirksey, Clarence

Clarence Truman Kirksey, 95, of Odessa, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006.

He was born on Jan. 13, 1911, in Blanket, Texas, to John Edward Kirksey and Sarah Angeline Goates. In 1927, Clarence and his brothers drove a covered wagon from Brownwood, Texas, to Portales. A resident of Odessa, Texas, since 1958, he owned and operated Globe Cleaners until retirement in 1981. He served on the Medical Center Hospital Board 21 years and was active in the Breakfast Optimist Club. He was a member of Crescent Park Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. Family members said he enjoyed bowling, woodworking and writing autobiographical short stories for publication.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Hatch Kirksey.

Survivors include his brothers, Jack, Noble and Ed; children, Ray Deane Card, Viola Jane Kirskey, Karon Lee Kirksey and Angeline Johnston; step-daughters, Julia Gryder and Jayne Brazeal; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and wife, Jessi Mclamore Kirksey. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to the church’s general fund.

Arrangements are by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors in Odessa.