Herbert H. Clark went to be with Jesus on Friday, July 26, 2013, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 30 days. Herb was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1928, to Walter Jerome and Lois (Holt) Clark in Wilson where he resided until his family moved to Healdton his freshman year.
They attended the Healdton Assembly of God where he met his future wife Sally. His avid participation in sports was cut short by a near fatal oil field accident involving electricity. He was president of the Student Council and of his Healdton High School graduating class. Blessed with a musical talent, he was a member of the men's choir, quartets and sang leading roles in high school plays. Herb, Sally and his future in-laws attended a Stamp's Music School in Dallas. The family quartet sang all over Carter County. Herb and Sally continued as a duet up until the week before his passing. His doctors and nurses were amazed at how well he sang during his lengthy hospital confinement.
Herb married his childhood sweetheart, Sally Jo Skinner, on June 11, 1949, in Gainesville, Texas. Though ill, Herb celebrated a very special 64th anniversary with Sally recently at the Wells Private Care Facility in Durant where he has resided for several months.
Herb prepared for his lifelong career at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Beginning in 1950 after graduation, he worked for Leslie Funeral Home in Wilson, Rangley Funeral Home in Duncan and Bettes Funeral Home in Healdton. He left his profession briefly to be in the dry cleaning business in Ringling. In 1958, he was offered a position in Durant at the Murray Funeral Home. He managed that facility until his retirement in 1993. He and Sally continued to assist their son at the Clark Funeral Service in Tishomingo as long as his health permitted.
Herb and his family joined the First Baptist Church in 1959 where he served on committees and was an active Deacon for many years. He was an avid sports fan and his love of the out-of-doors made yard work a passion for him. Some passersby thought he was Sally's professional yard man. He was a longtime Kiwanis Club member and a Master Mason of the Durant Masonic Lodge. He never met a stranger and he had a phenomenal memory for names. Though robbed of his short-term memory by a stroke, he could still call his hospital visitors by name.
Herb considered time spent with his family and friends his greatest pleasure; his final words when departing from friends were "thank you for being my friend."
Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lois Clark; all of his siblings: sisters Modell Fore Seachris and Melba Joy McClanahan and brothers A.J., James, Doyle and Donald Clark.
Mr. Clark is survived by his loving high school sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Sally Clark of the home; sons Roger S. Clark of Tishomingo and Kelly D. Clark of Moore; grandson Petty Officer Ryan K. Clark and his wife, Brittanie of Oxford, Alabama; granddaughter, Traci Renae Clark of Oklahoma City; great-grandson Keagen Ryan Clark; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Family Hour will be from 7-8 this evening at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant. The service to honor his memory will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, with Bro. James Robinson officiating and Bro. Fred Ward assisting. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Durant.
Pallbearers will be Joe Barrett, David Robison, Bart Rustin, Tommy Krammer, Jack Treat and Mike Ridgeway. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bob Engles, Larry Wayne McClanahan, James Boydson, Jim Epperson, Malone Skinner, David Mize, H.K. Jones, Lee Junior Robertson, Max Wilkins and the men of his adult Sunday School Class.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant.