Dateline: September 26, 2002


Clytis Pebble Rogers Blackerby, age 89, died Tuesday, September 17, 2002, in Clarendon.  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2002, in First Baptist Church in Clarendon with Truman Ledbetter, pastor, officiating.  Burial was held in Citizens Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., in Clarendon.

Mrs. Blackerby was born in Eastland County, Texas, on May 11, 1913, to Raymond R. Rogers, Sr., and Martha Elisabeth “Bessie” Rogers.  She grew up in Anson, Texas.  On  March 28, 1931, she married Lester Blackerby in Stamford, Texas.  They moved to Clarendon in December 1980 when both retired.  Mrs. Blackerby had worked as a retail clerk, but since her first love was her Lord, followed by her family and the church, she was happiest serving as a pastor’s wife.

Mrs. Blackerby was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; her parents; and her brother, Raymond R. “Jack” Rogers, Jr.  She is survived by a sister, Mary Jo Hestand, of Temple and a brother, James Marvin “Jimmy” Rogers of Lubbock who is also a Baptist minister.

Survivors also include five children and their spouses, Jerry Roger and Billie Ruth Blackerby of Quitman, Texas; Jackie Dell and Tommy Ricks of Mineola, Texas; James Lester “Jim” and Carolyn Blackerby; Jo Ann and Leonard “Tex” Selvidge; and Beth and Jeff Walker, all of Clarendon; 21 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church in Clarendon where Mrs. Blackerby was a faithful member.


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