GREENVILLE, KY., — Clyde H. Lawter, Jr., 85, of Greenville passed away March 28, 2019 at his home. He was a native of Enid, Oklahoma and a resident of Paducah/Lone Oak for 53 years. Lawter brought his family to Paducah in 1963 from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take a position at Bright's Women's Apparel where he worked for 12 years as the advertising manager. His art career spanned 60 years with 45 of those as an art instructor. He and his late wife Joann were co-founders of PAPA (Paducah Area Painters' Alliance). He spent many summers in Taos, New Mexico where he painted on location. His paintings are in homes all over the US and in Europe. Lawter loved to share his talent by both teaching and exhibiting, including a show at Nashville's Parthenon. He and Joann owned the Lawter Gallery and Frame Shop for over 20 years. Rumor has it that he gave the cereal ‘Cap'n Crunch’ its name. He was a member of First Christian Church as well as Metropolitan Community Church in Paducah. He was a member of the founding committee of the Paducah Summer Festival and was chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Mayor. He was very active in Paducah community life and loved Paducah very much. He was awarded a rare Double Duke award.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joann Stains Lawter, his daughters Lisa Henderson, Amy Winn, granddaughter Hannah Moore, grandson Aaron Tran, son-in-law Don Pollard, his late parents were Ruth Rankin Lawter, and Clyde Lawter, Sr. of Enid, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his daughters Ann (Richard) Pollard of Louisville, Beth (David) Moore of Greenville, 5 grandchildren Amy Wiley, Brittany (Adam) Sims, Jacob (Tessa) Winn all of Paducah, Abby Pollard of Louisville, Emily Moore of Greenville, great grandchildren Alyssa, Reese Wiley of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aiden and Owen Sims of Paducah, Adaya, Dawson and Jace Winn of Paducah.
Lawter has chosen cremation. His ashes will be scattered to the earth and four winds on the High Plateau in Taos. A celebration of his life well-lived will be held in the next few weeks at the PAPA Gallery in Paducah. He commissioned a final art sale of his remaining collection to be held soon at the Carson Center with the proceeds going to the Carson Center's educational programs (or as CC specifies). Dates will be announced publicly.
Memorial donations may be made to Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Greenville, Kentucky or to PAPA Gallery in Paducah. If you own a Lawter painting the greatest honor you can give him would be to pause for a moment and appreciate the love and skill that went into it.