James P. "Jim" Clark Jr., 93, of Panama City Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
He was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Keysville, Ga., to James P. Sr. and Voncile Clark and grew up in Valdosta, Ga. Jim joined the United States Navy
one week after Pearl Harbor, served stateside and at sea during the invasion of Okinawa, and remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve until retirement in 1977. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, was principal of schools in Georgia and Florida, was Supervisor of Schools for Suwanee County prior to relocating to Panama City in July 1960 as the first recreation director and coach at Gulf Coast Junior College. Although he owned and operated (with his son, Kimball) Jim Clark Realty, the oldest independently owned real estate office in Panama City, he remained dedicated to youth education, especially to St. Andrew School, where he served on the advisory board. The civic-minded Jim served on numerous boards and committees and had been a member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce since 1960.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kimball Joseph Clark; and his sister, Dorothy.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Kathryn "Kitty" Clark; three grandchildren, Katie Maria Clark, Daniel Thomas Clark and Kelsea Corrine Clark; two great-grandchildren, Willow Kate Callahan and Sarah Pandora Callahan; one sister, Betty Lee; and a special nephew, Richard Lee.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Tillman officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. Thursday prior to services.
Those desiring may make memorial donations to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th St., Panama City, FL 32405; or to St. Andrew School, 3001 W. 15th St., Panama City, FL 32401, in memory of James P. "Jim" Clark Jr."Gem" will forever miss his "pretty girls."Wilson Funeral Home
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