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Clyde Houston Spinks
March 1, 1948 ~ July 7, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Clyde Houston Spinks transition to his heavenly home on July 7, 2023 at the age of 75. Clyde was the son of the late Arthur Melvin Spinks and Vera Mae Harris. His stepmother, Goldie Cheek Spinks also precedes him in death was an important part of his life. Clyde was preceded by one sister and brother. Alice Faye Spinks Palmer and Gary Nathaniel Spinks.
Clyde attended Randolph High School but transferred and graduated from Seagrove High School when schools were desegregated. Early in his life, Clyde had many jobs including animal transport and care, farrier, and general farm care. Later in his life, Clyde joined the NC Department of Transportation as a Highway Maintenance Worker. Here, he worked his way up to Traffic Services/Sign Crew where he later retired.
His lifelong passion was being an avid horse rider and enjoying the outdoors. Clyde was one of the original founders of one of the first Black Horse-Riding Clubs in North Carolina, The Regulators. Through his work with The Regulators and others, he inspired many young black men and women to enjoy pleasure and trail riding. He was a mentor to many people who love the cowboy’s life across all races.
Clyde has a long-time partner and mother of his children, Ralynn McCaul. They were blessed with two children, Autumn Spinks-Miller (Ryan Todd Miller) and Reggie Clyde Spinks (Tohcia Janell Patrick). Clyde found joy in his grandchildren Sophia Rose Miller and Emory Houston Spinks, as well as step-grandchildren Michael Taylor. He also leaves to cherish his memory two sisters, Agnes Spinks Moore, Peggy Spinks Goins and one brother, Charles Melvin Spinks. He also leaves to celebrate his life and legacy a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Quote from John Wayne
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”