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Clinton Ray Birdwell, age 71 of Combine, Texas, passed away on January 2, 2024. He was born to Jimmie Doyle and Bobbie Jean (Ray) Birdwell on July 23, 1952, in Waxahachie, Texas. Clint attended and graduated from Ferris schools where he played various sports including football, basketball and track, along with being in the band and FFA. After high school he earned a Bachelor's degree in education from North Texas State University. Later he obtained his Master’s degree from Concordia College in special education. Clint was known for his wild and funny personality and as being the life of the party. His home was usually blasting Texas Blues and he could be found on a motorcycle or back of a horse, often resulting in an injury. Clint was an educator at heart and that’s where he spent most of his career. He spent time in Houston at Sharpstown High School and Robert E. Lee High School where he also coached football and track. One summer break in Houston, he got a gig working for Lone Wolf Productions, which resulted in him working with the road manager and Bill Ham for ZZ Top and various other performers. This job changed the course of his life, for a while. Later partnering with Danny Eaton and Mark Lee, they started 462 Productions in Dallas, which he enjoyed for many years. To the delight of his family, Clint again made a career change working briefly at Ben E. Keith in Dallas before returning to teaching in Dallas at WW Samuell High School and W. T. White High School, retiring this year from Crandall High School, where he was a Special Education Inclusion teacher for several years. His high school time in Ag resulted in him helping with the longhorn steer that was included in the ZZ Top World Wide Tour, he bought a longhorn Dub T, which he displayed as the W.T. White High School mascot and in 2018 he won Grand Champion Steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Recently he has devoted his time to Bird Records and his ranch, Commanche Valley Ranch, raising his longhorns and goats in the back pasture. Lastly but most importantly, Clint accepted Jesus into his heart in his early teens. Wrestling with this decision, he left church with his family on Mother's Day one Sunday, only to go home upset and crying. Soon there was a knock on the door and it was his pastor, W.A. Corley, who simply told Clint's mom, "You have a little boy I need to see." Clint accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior that day, was baptized and joined First Baptist Church - Ferris. Although at one point he struggled in his personal walk with Christ, he never failed to minister to those around him, in word and deed. He was loved by his family, many friends and acquaintances, but he was adored by his nieces, nephews and his great nieces and great nephews, their Uncle Bubba, who was more like their grandfather. Clint loved Jesus. He loved people and if you are reading this now, he probably loved you. He will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his father, former Ferris Mayor, Jimmie Doyle Birdwell, grandparents: Lola Smith Ray, Robert Asa Ray and grandparents Emma Everett Birdwell, Oides "Bill" Birdwell and Mabel Pritchett Birdwell.
He is survived by his mother Bobbie Jean Birdwell of Combine, siblings: Donna Birdwell Shaw of Ferris, Jayme and Ronna Birdwell of Bristol, Janna Birdwell Neal of Richardson and fiancé Patrick Perez, Robbie and Misty Birdwell of Combine, nieces and nephews: Melissa Baker (Jay), Pikie Ralston (Amy), Janna Condor (Robert), Micah Hope, Megan Shaw, Deanna Birdwell, Bobbie Jo Taylor (Douglas), Trace Neal (Anahi), Ballie, Mollie, Sadie and Colt Birdwell, godson Casey Guinn, namesake Clint Usrey, 13 great nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other family members and friends.
Visitation will be from 9 am to 11am on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at First Baptist Church, Ferris.
Funeral services are planned for Saturday, January 6, 2024, at First Baptist Church, Ferris at 11am with burial to follow at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to First Baptist Church, Ferris.