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Edward G. Clymore

October 11, 1935 — March 7, 2024

Edward G. Clymore

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Edward Gayle Clymore, beloved family patriarch, distinguished, well known, much loved educator and a longtime member of the Riverheads Community, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at his residence in Augusta County surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Columbia, TN, on October 11, 1935, to the late William Moore and Ethel Blanche Evans Clymore, his dedication to education left an indelible mark on the students and faculties he served. He left Columbia, Tennessee in 1956 to serve in the United States Army, whiles serving in Germany he met Becky and began his life’s journey. After completing his time in the military he went on to graduate from Tennessee Tech where he began his career in education at Jo Byrns High School in Adams, Tennessee. Leaving Tennessee, he accepted a position in Virginia at the Augusta Military Academy where he taught and coached for four years. He then began his career as a teacher and coach at Fort Defiance High School in 1968. While working in Augusta County, he furthered his career in administration at Riverheads, Fort Defiance and Wilson Memorial High Schools, and then served in the Central Office.

His career culminated as Superintendent of Augusta County Schools, where he served for 17 years. In 1996 he had the honor of an elementary school being named after him; Clymore Elementary School. Upon his retirement in 1997, he served as interim Superintendent for Fauquier, Highland, and Craig Counties, as well as Staunton City Schools. Clymore’s career in education was marked by excellence and a deep commitment to the advancement of both students and staff. His leadership in education was characterized by compassion, integrity, and a strong sense of duty towards shaping young minds for the future. As Superintendent he continued to inspire those around him with his vision for a brighter future through education.

He instilled his work ethic in his children and grandchildren. He took great pride in their achievements and accomplishments. Some family members became educators and some work in service to others. His children and grandchildren are a testament to his legacy.

Ed enjoyed his travels with Becky. He treasured his time with family, and his days at his beloved “Fishin’ House” at Smith Point Marina. He loved sitting on the porch at Jim Stout’s cottage in Kure Beach. One look at Ed and you could tell he went through life with one hand in the education world and a fishing pole in the other.

Ed was very active in the community. He was a member of Mint Spring United Methodist Church, where he held multiple leadership roles. He was an active member of the Staunton Rotary Club, where he served as a former President and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also active with his beloved Riverheads Gladiators.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Becky Barnhart Clymore; his five children, Daniel Edward Clymore (Cynthia), David Evans Clymore (Angela), Dustin Eric Clymore, and Katrina Clymore; his daughters, Dianne Lynne Clymore Moody (David) and Denise Jo Clymore Revercomb (James Jr.); and his sister, Nancy Carole Clymore Adkisson. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Blake E. Vaught (Becky), James V. Revercomb (Ainsley), G. Wesley Revercomb (Sadie), Joseph E. Revercomb (Lauren), Lauren C. Rathburn (Wesley), Kristen G. Moody-Debbaut (Peter), Zachary T. Clymore, Maxwell A. Revercomb, Charlotte A. Moody (Marcus Miller), Alexis A. Clymore, Hayley S. Clymore, Peyton R. Clymore, and Mason L. Clymore. He is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to honor Mr. Clymore will be held in the Cecil G. Layman Auditorium at Riverheads High School on March 10, 2024, at 2 PM, with Pastor Spencer Black officiating.

It is suggested that those desiring can make memorial donations to Riverheads High School Booster Club (19 Howardsville Rd. Staunton, VA 24401) or Mint Spring United Methodist Church at (P.O. Box 14 Mint Spring, VA 24463).

 Rest well Big Ed, you deserve it.

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