Felix Edward Clearman, 74 of Denton, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He was born July 6, 1938 in Austin, Texas to Virgil and Eunice (Taylor) Clearman. He was a graduate of Denton High School, and a member of Highland Baptist Church. He was married to Joy Gail Franks on September 19, 1956 in Gainesville, Tx and she passed away on December 28, 2003. He was a retired Letter Carrier for the U S Postal Service.
Mr. Clearman is survived by his sons, Michael Clearman of Dallas, Mitchell Clearman and wife Sheri of Sanger, Monte Clearman and wife Kristy of Canton, Barry Clearman and wife Anita of Denton. He is also survived by sisters: Wanda Hash of Lapine, Ore. and Vernalee Ernst of Ft. Worth; Brothers: Rev. Melvin Clearman and Floyd Clearman, of Austin. Grandchildren: Taylor Lyons, Clayton Clearman, Cody Clearman, Morgan Clearman, Brittany Clearman, Ryan Cearman, Hali Clearman, Emily Clearman, Hayden Clearman, Kinsey Clearman, Cooper Clearman, Katy Clearman, Carter Clearman, Corby Clearman, and Callie Clearman. Great Grandchildren: Zoey Clearman, Kailas Clearman, Conner Clearman, and Raine Lyons. Felix Clearman is also survived by many dear people who were proud to call him friend.
Mr. Clearman spent a happy childhood in Austin, TX, where he developed a reputation as a standout basketball player. He moved to Denton for his senior year and graduated from Denton High School in 1956. While there he met and fell in love with his lifelong sweetheart, the former Joy Gail Franks Clearman. In a radical move for the late ‘50’s, Felix and Joy eloped to Gainesville, TX with another couple from Denton. They spent their honeymoon night by returning to their respective homes…vowing to tell their parents as soon as they worked up the nerve!
Again defying convention, The Clearman’s raised their 4 sons through the turbulent ‘60’s and volatile ‘70’s, somehow without the aid of Oprah or Dr. Phil. The ball fields, playgrounds, and gyms of Denton were their group therapy and sports their counselor. Mr. Clearman coached and played on numerous teams in Denton. His Denton Men’s basketball Team traveled the state of Texas and competed against the best teams in the state.
He coached his sweetheart’s women’s softball team for many years and again traveled around the state and competed and defeated the very best in Texas. The women’s softball players of Piggly Wiggly and the Denton Merchants were near and dear to Coach Clearman’s heart. As were the boys of Burger Chef; National Transformers; Bill Utter Ford; Turbo; and many other boys he helped coach or took to tournaments.
Mr. Clearman served as a local and state Union Officer for the National Association of Letter Carriers; including traveling to Washington DC as an NALC District Board member. He also served the NALC as the Editor of their state newspaper.
His many civic and volunteer efforts included acting as the Denton Chairman for Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Telethon for MDA for several years.
Felix Clearman’s greatest joy besides traveling this great land with his bride on their many road trips, was watching his grandchildren’s myriad activities. Whether a play, concert, ballgame, birthday, or graduation, you could always count on PaPu being there…ever faithful.
His family asks his many friends and family to realize that this good and kind man is not gone…he is home. He is surrounded by family and friends that have gone before him…most importantly his beloved Joy! Come celebrate with his family the home-going of a wonderful man.
A visitation will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Highland Baptist Church, 600 Thomas St., from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Highland Baptist Church, with Rev. Melvin Clearman and Rev. Joey Vick officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park.
On line condolences mayh be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com.