Roy L. Clark of Kingston passed away April 14, 2014, peacefully in his home.
He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., April 6, 1920, to Roy L. Clark and Grace Marley Clark. Following his graduation from the University of Tennessee in 1939, he joined the Tennessee National Guard. During his military service with the Tennessee National Guard and U.S. Army
, he rose to the rank of master sergeant and received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant following the invasion of Luzon in the Philippines in early 1945. Upon returning to Tennessee following World War II
, he went to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in January 1946, where he worked until his retirement in August 1981. He worked in health physics and safety. He was one of the first safety experts to arrive at Three Mile Island in 1979, spending 10 days on site during the height of the crisis.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Kingston, where he served as a trustee and also many years as the secretary of the junior department. He also served as a member of Kingston City Council. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed bowling in many leagues and tournaments during his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and the love of his life, Virginia Ingram Clark.
He is survived by his children, Roy L. Clark III (Lillian), Tallahassee, Fla., Douglas M. Clark, Kingston, Carol Ann Hornstra (Doug), Farragut, and Austin I. Clark (Cindy), Chattanooga; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
On Friday, April 18, from 1 to 2 p.m., the family will receive friends in Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston, with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m., officiated by Dr. Roy Graves. A private family burial will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024-9885. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com