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Robert Lee Clark

Robert Lee Clark, born December 17, 1919 in Paradise, Texas, passed away on August 30, 2020 at the age of 100.

Services took place at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 5 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Rev. Daniel Downey and grandson Keith Clark officiating. Burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeview. Viewing was held from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on September 4 at the funeral home. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Directors of Memphis.

The Clark family moved to Hall County, Texas, when Robert was a child. He grew up near Lesley, Texas, and went to Lesley School. He graduated from high school in Lakeview, Texas. Robert and his siblings enjoyed riding horses all over Caprock Canyons.

During the Depression Era, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Northern New Mexico. When WW II started, Robert entered the U.S. Army on May 1, 1942 as a CPL in the 21st Infantry, 24th Division for the duration of the war.

At the beginning of the war, he trained in an Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon as an Army Intelligence Scout. He received navigation and additional scouting techniques from the U.S. Navy. Robert spent many days in the hills of Hawaiian Islands as an observer of planes coming in.

Places Robert served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre include Hawaii, Australia, the Philippine islands of Mindanao, Leyte and Mindoro, and New Guinea. He was honorably discharged on November 22, 1945.

After 1945, Robert came back to Hall County and worked as a farmer and rancher. He served for a few years as president of Hall County American Legion and was a member for more than 50 years. He also served as president of the Hall County Farm Bureau. Robert volunteered as a leader in the Boy Scouts with his two sons and passed all requirements to be in the Order of the Arrow.

He enjoyed and loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with going fishing, camping, spending time outdoors and telling stories of all his growing up years. Robert always had a positive attitude, even when times were tough. He served as a wonderful role model for everyone.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Lee Clark; his parents, Robert Newton Clark and Mona Read Clark; two sisters, Mary Etta Crabtree and Eva Lena Kinnard; four brothers, J.W. Clark, Quilla Newton Clark, Arthur Clark and William Oliver Clark.

Robert is survived by his wife Susan Rebecca Moss Clark of 72 years; his son Gaylon Clark and wife Connie of Lockney; two daughters, Susan Havins and husband Jerry of Ft. Worth and Holly Taylor and husband Floyd of Memphis; and four grandchildren, Retired U.S.A.F Keith Lee Clark and wife Lori, Angela Susan Taylor and husband Brian, Teresa Havins Wolgamott and husband Paul and Janice Havins Hise and husband Jason; plus eleven great-grandchildren.

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