October 28, 2020

Mr. W. T. “Bill” Clark

BILL CLARK PHOTOMr. W. T. “Bill” Clark, age 86, formerly of Franklin, GA, passed away in his sleep November 17, 2016 at Bonaventure Assisted Living in Lacey, Washington.

Mr. Clark was born December 7, 1929 in Hackleburg, AL to the late Dee Thomas Clark and Burlee Hudson Clark.

He served his country in the US Navy between World War II and the Korean Conflict.

He was a devoted husband and father. He was married to Mrs. Doris Jones Clark for more than 60 years. When her health declined, he became her constant caregiver until her passing in 2015.

His greatest honor was serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a deacon for Franklin First Baptist Church. He served as the Chairman of the Deacon Board and Treasurer on several occasions. He especially enjoyed driving the bus on church trips.

The fellowship shared with his fellow church members brought him great joy. Mr. Bill had a strong belief in the Baptist Faith and Message, and he would debate anyone who did not share his views on religion.

Mr. Bill was a long haul trucker for many years, known by other truckers as his CB handle “River Rat.” He drove for West Point Pepperell until he retired at age 65. He continued to drive for Russom Trucking part time until he was 80 years old. That is when Miss Doris “took the keys away” and forced him to leave the road.

In his spare time he enjoyed fishing. He always preferred fishing from the bank to fishing from a boat. He also loved riding his Kawasaki motorcycle. His favorite sport was NASCAR, and his favorite drivers were the Pettys.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Tracey and Randy Dunn of Olympia, Washington; one sister, Vernelle Barnes of LaGrange; one brother and sister-in-law, Arnie and Kay Clark of LaGrange; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Per the family’s wishes, his remains will be interred beside his wife at the Franklin City Cemetery at a later date.


  1. Joanne Hawley says

    My sincerest condolences to Tracey and family. Thank you for your service Mr. Clark, may you be at eternal rest.

  2. Growing up you called every year on Christmas eve pretending to be Santa Claus because you loved us. We always pretended not knowing it was you, because we loved you so much.
    You were a sweet man that devoted himself to God and to my Aunt.
    Rest in Peace Uncle Bill , job well done …

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