Philip Alston Clark
Philip Alston Clark, Jr., age 68, of Clarksdale, Mississippi, was born to eternal life on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Great grandson of John Clark, founder of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Philip was born on July 28, 1945, to the late Philip Alston Clark, Sr. and Concepcion del Lopez Castillo Clark (Conchita) who immigrated from Cuba in the early 1930s. He was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Henry Clark. A loving husband and father, he leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Hilda Gates Clark of Clarksdale and two sons, Philip Alston Clark, III (wife, Kimberly) and Glenn Gates Clark, all of Houston, Texas.
Philip graduated from Clarksdale-Coahoma High School and went on to Tulane University where he majored in Chemistry. Following his time at Tulane, Philip transferred to Mississippi State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Throughout his 20 year career with Clarksdale Public Utilities, Philip held positions as Engineering Support Manager and Production Plant Manager. He served on the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Operators Association Board of Governors from 1996 to 1999 and went on to serve as President of the association in 2000, being named recipient of the Howard K. Williford Award, the association's most prestigious honor.
Philip was also a farmer for several decades, an accomplished private pilot and HAM radio enthusiast. He loved following all sports, reading and watching westerns. He was a dedicated parishioner of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and an usher at Sunday Mass. An avid deer hunter and fisherman, in later years, Philip ceded his love of outdoor activities to his sons, in favor of his "new favorite deer stand," his recliner. When you were fortunate enough to hear one of his stories or jokes, you were sure to have a laugh.
Philip will also be dearly missed by his sisters-in-law, Jan Clark of Clarksdale and Connie Twiford (husband, David) of Rossville, Tennessee, along with his six nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Clarksdale from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, with prayer service and Rosary at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with interment at Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale.
The family requests that memorials be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or School, Carnegie Public Library or the
Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Sept. 3, 2013