Richard was born in Dunlap, TN to Perrien Aaron Clark and Lura Mae Richards. He is survived by his sisters Gwen Hickey and Lura Mae Case of Dunlap, TN; son, Richard V. Clark and wife Linda, daughter, Carol Hitz and husband Paul; son, Philip Clark and wife Elaine; daughter Kimberly Smith and husband Chris; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; wife Eleanor; sisters Joyce Lewis, Marilou LeVan, Reba Phillips; and brothers Lester and Paul Clark.
Richard grew up during the Great Depression in his beloved hills of Dunlap, TN. He loved his “mama” and siblings very much. He came to faith in Christ as an older teen. Shortly after, he joined the Navy and fought in World War II. It was during shore leaves in southern CA that he met his wife Eleanor. He was athletic and liked to bowl and golf, and also loved to go camping and fishing. He never departed from his faith in Christ and was faithful in taking his family to church. He often said in his last years, “I love all my people.”