Waymon D. Clark, former executive vice president of the Fort Worth Board of Realtors and decorated veteran of World War II
and Korea, passed away on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Visitation: His family will greet friends 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorial service and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Memorials: Memorials may be given to the USO, Department WS, Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090; or Hospice Plus, 3100 McKinnon St. #200, Dallas, Texas 75201. Waymon was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Harmon County, Okla., and was raised in Cordell, Okla. He was the 11th of 12 children of William Isaac and Dora Roper Clark. At Cordell High School, Waymon was captain of the football and basketball teams, and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1938. He attended Oklahoma A&M (now State) University for two years before volunteering for the Army Air Corps in 1941. He served as flight leader for B-24s and flew 51 combat missions out of North Africa and Italy during World War II. Following the war, he joined Trans World Airlines as a pilot and in 1947 returned as a regular officer in the U.S. Air Force
, flying combat missions during the Korean War
. Waymon obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master of science degree in foreign affairs from George Washington University. He also completed studies at the U.S. Naval War College. After 7,000 flying hours as a command pilot and 31 years in the Air Force, he retired with the rank of full colonel in 1972. During his tenure in the military, he was also stationed throughout the United States, Japan, England and Brazil. Among his assignments, he served in the U.S. Strategic Air Command and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon; taught at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.; and was the liaison officer to the Brazilian War College in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During his service, Waymon was awarded numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After retiring from the Air Force, Waymon served as the executive vice president of the Greater Fort Worth Board of Realtors from 1974 to 1987. During his retirement years, he enjoyed following the financial markets and was an avid golfer and member of Colonial Country Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; and his wife of 57 years, Grata Jeter Clark. After Grata's death in 2003, Waymon married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Wheeler Jones, who passed away in 2011. Survivors: Daughters, Cathy Butts and husband, Brad, and Karen Jones and husband, Bruce, of Marietta, Ga.; son, Jeff Clark and wife, Marion, of Hillsborough, N.C.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law, Rita Winters of Abilene.