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While Odie was a well-known and well-loved salesman and small business owner in Collin, Hunt, and Hopkins counties, his humor and smile will be missed, especially by those who loved him best.
Odie's parents, Lola Matheny Clark, and his namesake, Odie Clark of Floyd; and his two brothers, Max Clark of Morton, and Gerald Clark of Clinton, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sonda Kemp Clark.
As Odie had a big heart and lots of love to give, in 2005, he married his wife Karen Welch of Greenville, who he leaves behind in the wake of his passing. Odie is also survived by his two sons, Randy Clark of McKinney and Jeffrey Clark of Morongo Valley, Calif. He was adored by his two grandchildren, Casey Clark Duckworth of Allen and Courtney Clark of Stevensville, Md. He is also missed by his stepdaughters, Kim Reed of Anna and Kathy Kite of Lake Fork; and stepson, Shawn Tyler of Fort Worth.
Mr. Clark graduated in 1953 from Bland High School in Merit. He was also born with loyalty and patriotism in his heart, and he proudly served in the Untied States Air Force from 1953 to 1957. During that time, he was stationed at the NATO headquarters in Fontainebleau, France from 1954 to 1957. After his time in the service, Odie spent the next 60 years loving his family and serving others in a variety of small businesses and as a salesman.
His smile, his jokes, and his Texas-sized heart will be missed and remembered by all those who loved him.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m., at Highland Terrace Baptist Church, with a lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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