|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1914|
Van Buren County
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 2010|
Van Buren County
Herbert E. Clark 95, of Clinton, Arkansas passed away Sunday, February 28, 2010 at Ozark Health Nursing Center Clinton, Arkansas. He was born July 6, 1914 at Shirley, Arkansas to the late Thomas Edward and Rosa A. (Bradford) Clark.
He was a member of the Clinton Gospel Quartet and organized The First General Baptist Church of Clinton and remained a member until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Kermit, John, Jim, and Tom Clark, sister, Idyol Hensley, grandson, David Wayne Clark, and his loving wife of 67 years Otha Cook Clark.
He is survived by son, Roy Dale and wife Jereta Clark, two daughters, Gwyndola Gray, and Mary Lea and husband Jerry Bradley; eight grandchildren, Lorri Ann Clark, Jeffrey and Debbie Gray, Kimberly and Steve Fenley, Audra and Todd Stewart, Jason and Cindy Bradley, Delana and John McRae, Brian and Cora Gray, and Rory and Staci Bradley, nineteen great-grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, and Luke Fenley; Hunter Gray; Nathan, Melissa, Ashley, and Will Stewart; Chelsea, Kaden, and Hagen Jones; Taylor, and Payton Gray; Mariah, and Evie Lougue; Jace, Jaret, Kannon, and Kragen Bradley, and two great-great grandchildren, Payge, and Emma Fenley, one sister, Connie Ward, and many nieces, nephews.
Casketbearers: Jeffrey Gray, Brian Gray, Jason Bradley, Rory Bradley, Matthew Fenley, Mark Fenley, and Luke Fenley.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00pm Monday, March 1, 2010 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel Clinton, Arkansas.
Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at First General Baptist Church 664 Highway 16 East Clinton, Arkansas with Pastor Don Robertson officiating. Burial will follow at Bradford Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Arkansas.
As a young man at age 13, dad was the primary provider for his brothers and sisters. He learned much of his farming skills from older relatives who lived in the Pleasant Valley Coommunity. When he and mom first married they took one of those "flying trips to California to get rich". Well they quickly decided that a return to the hills of Arkansas was in their best interests - just leave all the riches in Claifornia. Dad got into the sawmill business with the help of Claude Whillock and Malcolm Fenton. Dad would buy a tract of timber - from 40 to 200 acre and have his crew cut the logs, saw the lumber and deliver to the market. He was also in the cross tie business.
While growing up in Banner Community, Dad and Mom would take their family and go to First and Third Sunday Singings all around the area. He always enjoyed singing Bass. Since the Clinton Quartet had a "funeral ministry", i.e., the quartet would sing at funerals in the whole region - that covered far more than Van Buren County, Dad would often take "off his regular work routine" to "sing bass tihe the quartet". They would sing at as many as 3 funerals in one day and nothing unusual to sing at 5 or 6 funerals each week.
Later in life dad began driving a bus route for the Shirley School District. He amd mon truly enjoyed the young people. She worked in Food Searvice at the school until she became disabled.
During his "retirement years" he always had cattle on the farm and he would cut and rake the meadows until his 93rd birthday, never taking a lunch break, because he always said, "you gotta make hay while the sun shines". After mom died he lived alone until he entered the Ozark Nursing Home at age 93. Matter of fact his drivers license was renewed when he was 93.
For his family, Dad was always a great provider for our needs and he was always making himself available to help others through difficult thimes. He lived a life of hard work. He was a charter member of First General Baptist Church of Clinton. Rev. S. B. Harrel was the Arkansas Mission Society state director and he contacted dad first about starting a new General Baptist Church in Clinton. He attended there until entering the nursing home.
"The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him." Proverbs 20:7
Thomas Ed Clark (1879 - 1950)
Rosa A. Clark (1882 - 1972)
Otha L. Cook Clark (1912 - 2003)*
Van Buren County
Created by: ebaheath
Record added: Feb 28, 2010
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