Jimmy Wayne Clark, son of Cecil A and Ruby J (Sink) Clark, was born on April 7, 1949 near Ava, Missouri, and departed this life on January 19, 2019 at the age of 69 years, nine months and 12 days.
Jim accepted the Lord at a young age and while he didn’t regularly attend church, he believed in the power of the Holy Spirit and looked to the day when he would be reunited with his parents, especially his mother, having lost her when he was only ten years old.
From the age of ten he was raised by his grandmother in the Kingsburg, California, area and in 1969 received his draft notice to serve his country in the Vietnam War. This was an experience that was to forever change the young man he was. After being seriously injured and spending many months in the base hospital at Fort Ord, California, he returned to Missouri which was always home to him.
On January 20, 1984 he was united in marriage to Karla Beth Hanna and they were one day short of their 35th anniversary on his passing. Two daughters were born to this union.
Jim loved his family and would give a friend the shirt off his back if they needed it. His greatest pleasures in life were hunting, fishing and watching a good western.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Ruby Clark; infant sister, Wanda May; a brother, Billy Clark Strong; and a sister, Freda Clark Remmer.
He is survived by his wife, Karla of the home; daughters, Krysten Hicks and husband Dustin and Ashleigh Cornelius and husband Calvin; two grandsons, Brayden and Deven Cornelius; seven granddaughters, Alexandria and Taylor Hicks, Lydia, Nataleigh, Madison, Raylee and Maggie Cornelius, all of the Cabool area; two brothers, Lester Clark of Cabool and CJ Clark of Springfield, Missouri; six sisters, Wilma Horn and husband Ed, Donna Atchison and husband Noel, Shirley Vinson and husband Tom, all of Ava, Missouri, Joyce Rainey of Ozark, Missouri, Linda Neel of Ava and Judy Golden of Branson, Missouri; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Cabool with the Rev. Terry Lippstreu officiating. Pallbearers were Kelly Remmer, Allen Remmer, Brandon Turnbull, Alexandria Hicks, Calvin Cornelius and Brayden Cornelius. Honorary pallbearers were B.J. Strong, Kevin Strong, Cody Strong, Eddie Horn, Randy Clark and Dustin Hicks. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.