Judge James E. "Jim/Buck"
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Judge James E. "Jim / Buck" Clark died December 23, 2012. A Memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church, head Texas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., with visitation to follow the service in the Couch Parlor.
Judge Clark was born in Strong, Arkansas on February 10, 1929, raised in El Dorado, AR and was a resident of Shreveport since 1957. He practiced law with the firm of Cook, Clark, Egan, Yancey and King (now known as Cook, Yancey) from 1957 to 1972. In 1972 he was elected to the 1st Judicial Court and served on the bench for 19 years. Judge Clark resumed private practice until his retirement.
Judge Clark served in the United Marine Corps as an enlisted man; after Law School he joined the United States Air Force Reserve (BAFB) as a Captain. In the Air Force Reserve, he provided legal support to airmen and their families at Barksdale Air Force Base. During the mid 1960's Judge Clark along with other local attorneys help create the Caddo -Bossier Legal Aid Society, now known as the Northwest Louisiana Legal Services (Legal Aid). Judge Clark also help create the Indigent Defenders Office for Caddo Parish. Judge Clark served as Chief Judge for the First Judicial Court and also served as President of the Louisiana District Judges Association.
Judge Clark was a graduate of Louisiana Tech and LSU Law School and active was in both Alumni Associations. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Louisiana Tech . Judge Clark was a past exalter Ruler of Elks Lodge #122, Past President and director of the Rotary Club of Shreveport and served on boards of Red River Waterway Commission, Petroleum Club and Live Oak Retirement Community. In addition to being a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, he was a Member of the El Karubah Shrine, 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Royal Order of Jesters.
Judge Clark, affectionately known by his family as Pop, was happily married for 44 years to his first wife Susie Clark until her untimely death in 1994. They raised three sons Chris (wife Jamie), David (wife Nell) and Jeff ( wife Kathleen) along with nine grandchildren Michelle Finger (husband Jon), Camille Jones (husband Thomas), Carey Clark, Mary Katherine Clark, Amelia Clark, Ashley West, Adam West, Jordan Ellege and Austin Ellege, great grandchildren Annabelle, Abbey, and Lily Jones, David Clark, Claire and Alexander Finger. Pop found love a second time and married Linda Lewis Clark who preceded him in death and was survived Linda's children Karen Rici (husband Brandon), Daphne Terzia (husband Ted) Pam O'Brien (husband Thomas) Natalie Miciotto (husband Ron) and Scott Lewis (wife Katie) and their children Austin Adams, Taylor Adams, Wilson Adams, Aynsley Ricci, Grayson Ricci, Miller Lewis, Anna Scott Lewis, Cole Terzia, John Thomas Terzia, Claire O'Brien, Whit O'Brien, Isabell Miciotto, Gabe Miciotto. Judge was also survived by a sister, Nancy Clark Turner, nephews Gene and Todd Turner, and sister-in-law Dot Clark and nieces Judy Salsbury, Janet Clark-Hooper and Terry Clark. He predeceased by his brother Dr. Carey E. Clark and his grandson Carey Andrew Clark.
Pop had a full life, loved to travel and visit with friends and family. We will miss him .
The family suggests that memorials be made to Glen Retirement System 403 East Flournoy Lucas Rd., Shreveport, LA 71115 or First United Methodist Church, 500 Common Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2012