January 8, 2009

(9/21/1924 – 12/25/2008)

Roy Dow Clark Jr., 84, of Memphis passed away Christmas morning, December 25, 2008 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

The son of Roy D. Sr. and Perle Gundy Clark, he was born in Memphis Missouri on September 21, 1924.

Roy moved with his parents several times during the Great Depression as his Dad and Uncle Glen engaged in various ventures including an auto garage in Western Missouri, a wheat farm in Kansas and oil field work in the Texas panhandle. Roy experienced the “Dust Bowl” first hand as a child. The Clarks returned to Memphis in 1939 and Roy graduated from Memphis High School in the Class of 1942. Roy entered the Army in 1943 and served in the 8th Army Air Force in England for the remainder of World War II, being discharged and returning to Memphis in 1946.

In 1948 Roy was united in marriage to the love of his life, Verlee Peck, and to that union of 51 years two sons were born, Craig and John.

Roy and Verlee farmed in partnership with Verlee’s father Charles and started a Case farm implement dealership. In 1955, Roy and Verlee moved to California (as many Midwesterners did at that time) to pursue better opportunities for work. Roy worked in the Aerospace industry in Los Angeles for many years and was in involved in the machining of parts for spacecraft in the Gemini and Apollo programs. He later started an ice vending service in Los Angeles with his step-father Bob McWhirter.

But Roy and Verlee were always homesick for family and friends in Missouri and wanted to raise their children in Memphis. So in 1971 they returned to Memphis and purchased the business that is now Scott’s Home Center from John Matlock. Roy was best known as the GE appliance man, running the business successfully until selling it and retiring in 1986. Roy dearly loved being a part of the Memphis business community and took great pride in his hometown, fellow merchants, and loyal customers. Roy and Verlee had a wonderful retirement together. They delivered meals-on-wheels for many years, renewed old friendships, and traveled to Rolla to watch John’s football games and later to Texas many times each year to spend time with their children and grandchildren.

After Verlee’s passing in 1999, Roy split his time between Memphis and Texas. He enjoyed playing the stock market, visiting with friends over coffee, and spoiling his grandchildren. In 2004 he helped John establish a successful Land Surveying equipment distributorship in Texas. Roy made many new friends in Texas through the new business, but his heart was always in Memphis and he held onto those ties to the end.

He was preceded in death by his wife Verlee; her parents, Charles and Ada Peck; his father, Roy Clark, Sr.; his mother and stepfather Perle and Bob McWhirter; his brother and wife, Jim and Virginia Clark; his sister and husband, Jacqueline and Danny Kriegshauser.

He is survived by two sons, Craig and his wife Linda of Abilene, TX, and John and his wife Cathy of Austin, TX; five grandchildren, Wes and wife Christina of New Braunfels, TX, Cory and Will of Abilene, TX, Alexis and Olivia of Austin, TX; three great-grandchildren, Colson, Hartley, and Evyn of New Braunfels; and more than 100 nieces and nephews of various degrees.

Mass for Christian Burial Services were held Monday, December 29, 2008 at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Father Bill Kottenstette presiding. Pallbearers were Duane Arnold, Bob Ellicott, Gary Young, Greg Shelley, Scott Wickert, and Loren Wickert. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

The Family has suggested that any memorials go the Scotland County Memorial Hospital and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

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