Nelson Clyde III, 61

Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher Nelson Clyde III, who had sentimental ties to Central Texas and its people, died Wednesday night in a Dallas hospital after a lengthy illness. ‘Our family and our organization mourn the loss of our leader,’ said Nelson Clyde IV, his son and associate publisher of the Tyler paper. ‘My father was a man who demonstrated his many character qualities in a quiet but significant way.’ In addition to his role of publisher, Nelson Clyde III, 61, also was president of T.B. Butler Publishing Co. He was a fourth-generation member of the family business established by his great-grandfather in 1910. He had been publisher and president since 1990. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, at Marvin Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin, Tyler, with a reception immediately following. Private graveside services will precede the memorial service. His son, Andrew Clyde, chief operating officer for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, said his father had a special fondness for the many people of Central Texas he met and came to appreciate during the 25 years of hunting trips to Brady and Brownwood. ‘He enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed the many years of hunting in the region and the many people he befriended in the pursuit of his favorite pastime,’ he said. ‘Some of his special friends in Central Texas were Michael and Jennifer Short, Mark Wulff, Mike McCullars, Ruby and John Bratton, Shirley and Guy Siler, Britt Minet, Delbert Connaway, Cecil Cole, Larry Farrow, Ana and Jesse Ilher, Bob and Missey Kerr, David Hefner and Bill Streckert. Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday called Clyde ‘a man of quiet character and integrity, who rightly believed that the newspaper business was a public service and not just a job.’ Before becoming publisher, Clyde worked in various areas of the paper, including serving as editor from 1980 to 1990. He worked at the LaPorte-Bayshore Sun and the Amarillo Globe-News in the late 1960s before joining the Tyler paper in 1969. The Texas Daily Newspaper Association presented Clyde the 2006 Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership, an award given annually to a publisher or newspaper executive whose contributions to society and leadership in the community have affected the newspaper industry. ‘Nelson Clyde III was an influential man, not only in East Texas but across the state. As publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, he epitomizes the family and the newspaper. He did so much for the city of Tyler and the East Texas area,’ said Ken Whalen, executive vice president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. Clyde served as president of the board of The Discovery Science Place, a children’s museum that opened in 1993. He was the project’s development chairman. ‘There are those who pass quietly through the history of any organization and those who leave their imprint upon it when they are gone. Nelson gave all he had to The Discovery Science Place over the last 13 years’his heart, his head and his hands’and neither the museum nor I will ever be the same,’ said Katie Powell, executive director of the museum. ‘His approach to publishing a daily newspaper exhibited his fairness and a sense of equality that embodied excellence in community journalism,’ Executive Editor Jim Giametta said. ‘His love for Tyler and the East Texas region was exemplified every day with each edition focusing on making his hometown a better place.’ Clyde is survived by his wife, Sherry; three sons, Nelson Clyde IV, Andrew Ferrell Clyde and John Kittrell Clyde; a daughter Anna Elizabeth Malone; seven grandchildren; his parents, Calvin Nelson Clyde Jr. and Patsy Elizabeth Clyde; a brother, Thomas Clyde; and two sisters, Carole Clyde Wilson and Eloise Clyde Chandler.

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