Thomas Edward Clark, 78, of Fayetteville, formerly of Wilmar, passed away on August 29, 2019 at the Washington Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Unit in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
He was born October 17, 1940, at home in Wilmar and was the son of the late William Boyett Clark and Audrey Trantham Clark.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Clark was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jo (Jodie) Clark Hall and Janet Clark Mercer; and a nephew, Howard Boyett Hall.
He is survived by nieces, Amy Hall of Perryville, Carma Mercer Beason of Jonesboro, April Hall Davis of Mt. View; a 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 his parents owned 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, and went on to A&M (UAM) where he received his bachelors degree, and then to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he earned his master’s degree. He completed requirements for his doctorate, but stopped short of gaining his doctorate in order to begin his teaching career at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He later began teaching at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana. After several years, Tommy returned to Fayetteville because of his love for the University of Arkansas and the mountain life. He worked in the correspondence area of UA 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.
A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilmar Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Wilmar United Methodist Church, in care of Debra Burt, 801 Sanderlin Rd., Wilmar, AR 71675 or Wilmar Cemetery Association, in care of Betty Fuqua, P.O. Box 132, Wilmar, AR 71675.