Thomas Edward Clark

Thomas Edward Clark (Tom), 78, was born October 17, 1940, at home in Wilmar. He departed this life August 29, 2019, at the Washington Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Unit in Fayetteville. Tommy, as he was known by his home folks, was preceded in death by his father, William Boyett Clark; his mother, Audrey Trantham Clark; two sisters, Mary Jo (Jodie) Clark Hall and Janet Clark Mercer; and a nephew, Howard Boyett Hall.

He is survived by three nieces, Amy Hall of Perryville, Carma Mercer Beason of Jonesboro and April Hall Davis of Mountain View; one nephew, Tommy Mercer of Texas; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Many will remember Tommy and his voice as an operator in the original Wilmar Telephone Exchange, which was owned by his parents and operated out of their home. Tommy was an avid reader and had a penchant for anything academic, especially the discipline of chemistry. He was recognized by several national honor societies for his continued and exemplary academic performances. He loved learning about any subject, but prepared himself to teach chemistry on the college level. 

He graduated from Wilmar High School in 1958, went on to Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) where he received his bachelor’s degree and then to the University of Arkansas, where he earned his master’s degree. He completed requirements for his doctorate, but stopped short of gaining his degree in order to begin his teaching career at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. 

He later began teaching at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After several years, Tommy relocated back to Fayetteville because of his love for the UA and the mountain life. He worked in the correspondence area at Arkansas until he began teaching in Rogers at the Northwest Community College, from which he retired in 2017. 

In the interim, he loved to travel. He spent time in the Scandinavian countries, particularly Norway, and also Russia, along with other European countries.

Tommy will be sorely missed by his family. He was lovingly known in the family as their very own absent-minded professor. He loved his family and showed much interest in the academics and accomplishments of the young ones.

Memorial graveside services were Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Wilmar Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Wilmar United Methodist Church, in care of Debra Burt, 801 Sanderlin Road, Wilmar 71675 or the Wilmar Cemetery Association, in care of Betty Fuqua, P.O. Box 132, Wilmar 71675. 

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