Willis Edward Clark

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Willis Edward Clark, 71, Nevada, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following an illness of several months. He was born April 7, 1936, in Southwest City, Mo., to Edward Jackson Clark and Rachel Louise Saffle Clark. He married Vera Lavon Gaun on June 14, 1957, at Carl Junction, Mo., and she survives of the home.

Willis was born, reared, and spent his youth in Southwest City. He came to Vernon County, in 1958, and spent the remainder of his life here. He made his living working in a variety of sales positions, primarily in auto sales. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Southwest City, and a 50 year member of the Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564. Willis was an avid gardener, hobby farmer, and a tractor enthusiast. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend.

Survivors in addition to his wife Lavon, include two sons, Steve Clark, Nevada, and Jim Clark and his wife Molly, Nevada; one grandson, Luke Clark, Nevada, and Richard Hemphill, Moundville, Mo.; two sisters, Lucy Smith, Southwest City, Frances Gould, Fairview, Okla.; and several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 18, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with Dr. William Cox and John Nichols officiating. Friends may call now and until 10 a.m., on Friday and the family receives friends 7-8 p.m., on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Memorials may be donated to the First Baptist Church Building Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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