William Conrad Clark

Published 12:33 pm Friday, May 27, 2011

William Conrad “Bill” Clark passed away from this life on May 25, 2011, at 9:45 p.m. at his home. He was 77.

For 10 months he had fought a courageous battle with cancer. Even though it seems that cancer has won, we know differently, because our Lord said, “Well done, Bill Clark, come home to everything I have prepared for you.”

Bill was born on Dec. 18, 1933, near Meridian, Miss. He and his wife, Gwendolyn Clark, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Bill served two years in the Navy, where he learned his trade.

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He went on to serve his community as a barber for 55 years, becoming the oldest working barber in Vicksburg. He was not just a barber; he was a friend, confidante and compassionate ear. Bill was a Christian and active member of Bovina Baptist Church and his men’s Sunday school class.

He enjoyed bicycling, kayaking, painting and woodworking. He was a loving husband and father who truly sought to please the Lord in his actions. He always wanted to do for others rather than for himself. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Clark of Vicksburg; one son, Casey Clark and wife Arlene of Pineville, La.; two daughters, Donna Smithhart of Brandon and Kala Knight and husband Dan of Atlanta, Texas; a brother, Clifton Clark of Kingwood, Texas; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home. with the Revs. Ronnie Robinson and Jerry File officiating. Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Brookhaven. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Downey, Hayes Carlisle, Sonny Hickman, Richard Blush, Rolly Oldenburg, Martin Halman, Wayne Patrick and Rusty Larsen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Luke Mobley and members of the men’s Sunday school class at Bovina Baptist Church.