Clyde Ray Robnett Jr. passed away Feb. 24, 2015.
Clyde was born Nov. 8, 1928, in the Smithfield community of Tarrant County. His parents were Clyde Ray Robnett Sr. and Valta Scott Robnett. The family moved back to Klondike shortly after Clyde was born. Clyde was a member of the last graduating class of Klondike High School in 1946.
He then attended East Texas State Teachers College where he earned a BS degree in 1950. Clyde’s intention was to teach public school; but while waiting for a teaching job to open, he took a job at the Delta National Bank in Cooper. That temporary position proved to be the first step to a banking career that spanned more than 40 years.
While working in Cooper, Clyde met Wanda Talley; they were married April 12, 1953. Clyde accepted an offer to move to Commerce in February 1954 where he joined the Security State Bank as an assistant cashier.
Clyde remained at the bank until his retirement in 1993 having been named president in 1968 and retiring as chairman emeritus. During his tenure he oversaw construction of a new bank building (now home to Inwood Bank), and he worked through the sale of the Security State Bank to Provident Bank (subsequently acquired by Inwood Bank).
Clyde was a graduate of the SMU Graduate School of Banking and also earned a master’s degree in business from East Texas State University. He taught finance as an adjunct instructor at ETSU for several years.
Clyde and Wanda joined the First Methodist Church of Commerce in 1954 and were members of the Dough Rollins Sunday School Class. Clyde served on a number of committees over the years including the building committee for the current facility on Highway 50.
Clyde was always active in the community — serving on several city boards as well as the Commerce Industrial Development Association and was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of the Commerce Jaycees and served a term as a state vice president for that organization. Clyde was also a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club in Commerce.
Clyde was a Third Degree Mason and was a member of Commerce Lodge No. 439 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons for more than 50 years. In 2001, he was recognized with the Golden Trowel Award, which is the highest award that a Texas lodge can give one of its members.
Clyde served more than 15 years in the Texas National Guard with a final rank of first lieutenant.
Special thanks go out to Dr. Rick Selvaggi and the Gentiva Hospice group for their care and assistance.
Clyde was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Wanda, who passed away in 2014 after 61 years of marriage, as well as his parents and his brother, Scott.
Survivors include sons Charles Robnett of Commerce, Michael Robnett and wife Alycia of Plano and Gary Robnett and wife Donna of Commerce; grandsons Captain Daniel Robnett USMC and wife Stephanie of Stafford, Va., and William Robnett of Vail, Colo.; along with great-grandchildren Peyton, Corbin and Tatum of Stafford, Va.
The family plans a graveside service at a later date with interment at Shiloh Cemetery.
Lynch Funeral Service of Greenville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.lynchfuneralservice.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  March 26, 2015