Ted Cloud’s giving personality is founded on his principle for treating people with respect and that everyone is equally important.
“I have been volunteering and helping kids for more than 65 years,” Cloud said. “I started in high school coaching Little League teams, and I have given at least one hour, if not more, each week, all of these years.
After high school, Cloud joined the military and served as crew chief for large planes. He was responsible for training airmen for the maintenance of B-47s and B-52s. During the Vietnam War, he was the crew chief for flights delivering supplies to troops stationed in Vietnam and for bringing home our fallen soldiers.
In 1960, while stationed at Kittery, Maine, Cloud married his girlfriend, Linda, and they had two sons. The family had the opportunity to live in Okinawa, Japan, before finally settling in Ft. Worth, Texas, where Cloud retired after 20 years of military service. He attended college for a couple of years and then took a position with the United States Postal Service, where he worked for 11 years.
Regardless of his career, Cloud always found time to volunteer. He served as a mentor for Big Brothers, a baseball umpire and sports coach, and tutor for 17 years in Crowley, Texas. He also distributed food at a local Methodist church and took a Boy Scout troop to Mount Fungi, and participated in numerous jamborees.
Cloud and his wife have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They are new residents at The Vantage at Cityview. He is proud of his family and talks about being an Aggie dad and grandfather. One of his grandsons is a former golf pro.
Cloud’s influence on his family, friends and fellow residents is evident from his generosity. Many of the life lessons he learned are revealed in the advice given to his family: “Always treat people with respect and it will all work out.”