Lt. Col. William D. Clark, USA, Ret.
March 31, 2022
Lt. Col. William D. Clark, 69, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2022, at St. Joseph's Hospital, surrounded by his loving family to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Don was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, the eldest son of Billy and Eva Clark. He was raised and educated in Jackson, Ohio and later attended Ohio University. He went on to receive his Masters in both Education and Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Ministry.
In 1974, Don married the love of his life, the former Beverly Graves of Jackson, Ohio. They have five children and 11 grandchildren. Don retired in Savannah, GA as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States military after 27 years of service. During that time, he also served as a United Methodist minister and educator in the public school system.
Don’s life was exemplary of service: to God, his family, and country. His greatest service, though, was in his discipleship and the many people who came to know Jesus through Don’s ministry. Don enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandchildren most of all. He loved traveling; in particular, traveling to Florida, annual family trips to Myrtle Beach, and family trips to Disney. He enjoyed playing and watching all sports, but most of all rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes. His family will miss his big presence in their lives but rejoices knowing he is in peace and resting as the good and faithful servant he was.
Don was preceded in death by his father and best friend Billy Clark.
Don is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; son, Scott Clark (Crissy); daughter, Kellie Ruiz (Frank); daughter, Heather O’Rand (Matthew); son, Joshua Clark (Shelley); son, Donnie Clark (Amy); grandchildren, Ryleigh Clark, Griffin Clark, Zoey Clark, Bella O’Rand, Ethan Ruiz, Zander Ruiz, Harper Clark, Kallie Clark, Miles O’Rand, Kayden Clark, and Isaac Clark; mother, Eva Clark; brother, Doug Clark (Lale); sister, Kathy Henderson (Earl); sister, Dianna Goff (Randy); and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Richmond Hill.