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Polk Clark

1919 - 2011 | Obituary Condolences
Polk Clark Obituary
Funeral services for Polk Clark, 92, of Portales will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Marlin Poynor officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Larry Clark, Tom Clark, Don Clark, John Gentry, Larry Levacy, James Ferrell, Donny Bouldin, Warren Wortham and Johnny Firestone serving as pallbearers. All of his numerous nieces and nephews will be honorary pallbearers.
William Polk Clark, known to virtually everyone as Polk, was born May 2, 1919, in Inez, NM to the home of Rosie and Shannon A. Clark and died early Monday morning, May 23, 2011, in Portales. Polk grew up on the home place in the Inez community, and graduated from Rogers High School in 1938. On December 9, 1939 in Portales, he was married to Pauline Ferrell. He farmed near the Portales Valley Mills for 44 years before retiring in 1992. Polk was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge for more than 50 years. He and Pauline both joined the Roosevelt County Mounted Patrol in 1946 when it was formed, and he was the last surviving charter member. They enjoyed riding in numerous parades together. For many years, he also served on the Inez Cemetery committee.
He is survived by a brother, Walter "Cotton" Clark, a sister, Elizabeth Wortham and a sister-in-law, Letha (Mrs. Clarence) Clark all of Portales as well as numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great- nieces and nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Shannon Albert Clark, Jr. and Clarence Clark, a sister, Freeda Rothmel and by his beloved wife, Pauline, who died May 17, 1996, after more than 56 years of marriage.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455
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