Clyde Earl Kemp
Clyde Earl Kemp, 86, devoted husband, father, Christian, and lifelong member of Trinity Baptist Church, went home to be with his heavenly Father on Friday, 28 May 2021.
A pillar of the Ardmore, Trinity Baptist Church, and Plainview School communities, Clyde's legacy of selflessness and devoted service will be felt long after his passing. The lives he inspired, mentored, and otherwise positively impacted during his lifetime are legion. Over the years, he proudly held many titles however, his most cherished roles were that of devoted husband to the love of his life and childhood sweetheart, Martha Jean, loving father to his two sons, Scott Thompson and Jesse Kemp, and celebrated leader of the Trinity Baptist Church's Royal Ambassadors boys' program for 51 continuous years.
Clyde was born on October 7, 1934, the third of four children to the late Jesse Andrew and Dora Florence Kemp. His late siblings were Joe Kemp and Inez Ralls; his surviving sister is Pat Doughty, all of Ardmore, Oklahoma. As a young man, Clyde was an avid and gifted baseball player growing up in Ardmore playing sandlot baseball and ultimately taking his talents to the semi-pro level as the player/manager of the Ardmore Cardinals baseball team. A U.S. Army veteran, Clyde served his country from 1959 to 1963 on both active and reserve duty reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7). In addition to his military service, Clyde spent over 30 years in civil service starting as a letter carrier in the Ardmore Post Office and retiring as the office's Superintendent of Postal Operations. After his retirement from the Post Office, he volunteered extensively at Plainview Schools supporting multiple sports programs, leading a coaches' bible study program, and serving as the elected President of the Plainview School Board.
As a cornerstone member and leader in Ardmore's Trinity Baptist Church, Clyde faithfully devoted himself to both the church and the communities it served in many ways. He tirelessly worked as the church's Sunday School Director for 47 years, led discipleship and outreach programs, and served eight years on mission teams to Malawi, Africa. Above all, however, Clyde's 51 years of work with the Royal Ambassadors boys' program is a testament to his boundless spirit of service. Through his leadership of RA ministries Clyde captivated, inspired, and mentored multiple generations of young boys, positively impacting countless lives. In honor of his devoted service to RAs, he was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
Clyde's hobbies included baseball, softball, bowling, scrapbooking, golf, and OU Sooners football. He showed us, by example, how to live life. He was a good man.
Clyde is survived by his wife, Martha Jean Kemp of Ardmore, Oklahoma, two sons: Scott Thompson and his wife, Elizabeth Thompson of Durango, Colorado and Colonel Jesse Kemp, United States Marine Corps and his wife Annjetta Valero-Kemp of Fredericksburg, Virginia, grandchildren: Erin Farmer of Charlotte, North Carolina, Katherine Thompson of Fort Worth, Texas, Jack Kemp and Bridget Kemp of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and great grandchildren: Maddie Grace Farmer and Luke Farmer of Charlotte, North Carolina.
A viewing service is scheduled from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, 3 June at Harvey Douglas Funeral Home; funeral service is at 2:00 PM on Friday, 4 June at Trinity Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Trinity Baptist Church. Services are entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where words of comfort for the family may be left at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Posted online on June 02, 2021