JAMES R. CLARK, 90, passed away March 13, 2008 with
burial in Fordyce, AR.
Mr. Clark was born Aug. 30, 1917, in Fordyce, AR, to
Urban and Anna Clay Clark. He always had something
humorous to say to make you smile, something motivating
to inspire you. Shortly after his graduation from Arkansas
A&M, he met the love of his life, Julia Virginia Holland,
at a hometown basketball game in Glendale, Ark. He walked
her home that night and after three months of those walks,
he married her in 1941. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage
before her passing on July 5, 2007. He retired as super-
intendent of schools in Ranger, TX before retiring after
36 years of service in public school education. He was a
loyal Lions Club member for 29 years. He was also a World
War II veteran. He built his home and community, founded
deeply in the love for Jesus and lived by the "glass is
half full" mentality.
Survivors at the time of his death: sister, Margaret
Hamilton; brother, Kenneth Clark; daughters, Judy Morris
and husband, Marlin, and Janie Clark Cavender (RHS-1971)
and husband, David; son, James Clark Jr.; grandchildren,
Marla Kay Morris, Rhonda Berry and husband, Joel, Shelley
Henson and husband, Glen, Greg Clark and wife, Cynthia,
Justin "Red" Sanders and Whitney Sanders; & great-grand-
sons, Braxton and Brock Berry.
Ranger friends celebrating Clark, include son Jimmy,
daughters Judy & Janie, Langfords, Meridiths, Matthews,
Jean Dixon Ford.
Clark won the bet and got a parade trip down main street in a
wheel barrow, complete with a fire truck and band.
Drilling a soil sample for the new school in Ranger.
WIFE: JULIA VIRGINIA HOLLAND CLARK, 84, died July 5, 2007
with burial in the Oakland Cemetery at Fordyce, AR.
She was the daughter of Ottis & Elva Holland. Julia
graduated from Glendale, Arkansas. Soon after high
school she meet the love of her life, James R Clark,
a first year teacher who won her heart when he met her
at the home town basketball game. He walked her home
that night and after three months of those walks, he
married her in 1941 and spent the next 66 years loving
her. They lived all throughout Arkansas and then moved
to Texas, where her husband James had taken the job of
school district administrator. Together they raised their
children in the Baptist Church and Julia took a vital
role leading the youth department and as a Sunday school
teacher. Her husband, her children, and their community
were her life and her legacy will live on through them
for generations to come.
She was born August 15, 1922 in Dumas, AR. Julia is
survived by her loving husband of 66 years, James R.
Clark and her younger sister, Dorthy Kinney. Also
daughter and son-in-law, Judy & Marlin Morris of Hurst,
TX; son, James Clark Jr. of Grapevine, TX; daughter and
son-in-law, Janie Clark (RHS-1971) and David Cavender
of Grapevine, TX.
She is also survived by 6 adoring grandchildren: Marla
Kay Morris of Grapevine, TX; Rhonda Berry of Colley-
ville, TX; Shelley Henson of Phoenix, AZ; Greg Clark of
Oklahoma City, OK; Justin Red Sanders of Fort Worth,
TX; Whitney Virginia Sanders of Grapevine, TX; and two
wonderful great-grandsons: Braxton and Brock Berry.