Funeral Mass held at Holy Ghost Church for Art Clancy Jr.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 4 at Holy Ghost Church for Arthur Vincent “Art” Clancy Jr., who died on July 29 surrounded by family.

The Mass celebrant was Monsignor Michael Johnston. Concelebrants were Father Bill McNeeley, Monsignor Patrick Garrity, Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and Father Michael Hendershott.
Assisting were Deacon Gordy Lowery and Deacon Scott Maentz.

Mr. Clancy, who was born in Asheville, N.C., on Nov. 27, 1929, was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Vincent Clancy Sr. and Ilene McDaniel Clancy; sisters Katherine Clancy Murphy, Mary Clancy Kerley, and Elizabeth Clancy Kidd. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sue Rueff Clancy, who he married on St. Patrick’s Day; sister Josephine Clancy Swikard; two daughters, Sharon Clancy Mulloy (Gene) and Susan Ilene Clancy; four sons, Arthur Vincent Clancy III (Stephanie), Stephen Patrick Clancy (Paula), David Michael Clancy, and Daniel Joseph Clancy (Kim); 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Mr. Clancy graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School, where he excelled in basketball. He also was a graduate of St. Bernard Junior College in Cullman, Ala., where he played football and basketball. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea as an intelligence officer after graduating from Army Language School in Monterey, Calif.

He returned home, where he graduated from the University of Tennessee before beginning work at Owens Corning Fiberglass. In 1958, he joined Clancy Optical Co., where he served for 50 years, including as president. He was a certified optician by the American Board of Opticianry.

He served as the national president of the Opticians Association of America and served on the board of directors of the American Board of Opticianry. For 20 years he served as chairman of the Licensing Board of Dispensing Opticians for the state of Tennessee and was president of the International Guild of Prescription Opticians. He was named Tennessee’s Outstanding Optician in 1979 and was also named Southern Optician of the Year, National Optician of the Year, and International Optician of the Year during his career.

He also served as president of Knoxville Rotary Club, district governor of Rotary International, and was on the Development Council and Advisory Board for St. Mary’s Medical Center, board of directors for the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, board of directors for the YMCA, Better Business Bureau, Knoxville Tourist Bureau, and Traveler’s Aide Society, and was chairman of the Knoxville Historical Zoning Commission.

He was a communicant of Holy Ghost Church and a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was past president of the St. Joseph School board, vice chairman of the board of directors for Knoxville Catholic High School, president of the Knoxville Catholic High School Booster Club, and a member of the board for St. Bernard College.

Serving as honorary pallbearers at the funeral Mass were Tom Jellicorse, Dave Wolf, Bob Montgomery, Nick Likonis, Art Pickle, and Ronnie Wells. Active pallbearers were his grandsons, Arthur Clancy IV, Michael Mulloy, Spencer Clancy, Matthew Mulloy, Mark Mulloy, and Presley Clancy.

Donations in Mr. Clancy’s memory may be made to the Holy Ghost Church Building Fund, 1041 N. Central, Knoxville, TN 37917, or St. Joseph School, 1810 Howard Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918.

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