William E. “Bill” Clark Sr., 83, of Nitro, was surrounded by his wife and four children Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 when he went home to be with the Lord after a brief illness while being cared for at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston.
Bill Clark was the son of the late Mary Jordan Clark. He was born in Kanawha County on Dec. 8, 1931 and was the youngest of 13 siblings. He graduated from Nitro High School in 1950 and continued to be a lifelong resident of Nitro.
Bill went to work for American Viscos Corporation in 1952, where he was selected to participate in their Pipefitters apprenticeship program. Years later he accepted a manager position with the company and remained there for over 25 years until the Nitro plant shut down. In 1977 Bill accepted a management position with Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, where he served an additional 20 years, retiring in 1997 at age 63.
Bill served as a member of the Scottish Rites for 45 years, was a 39-year member and past Worthy Patron of Eastern Star, Loyal Free Mason and a member of Pipefitters Local 625 for over 37 years.
Bill was preceded in death by all but one older sister, Doris Hart, 92, and his grandson, Thomas Edward Clark Jr., both of Nitro.
Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Doris I. Clark, their four children, six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren: daughter, April Lynn Clark Shuck, her husband, Rod Shuck, and their two children, Dr. Zane William Shuck, his fiancee, Lauren Ward, and their daughter, Olivia Anne Clark Shuck and her fiance, Graham Nelsen, all of Virginia, and son, William Eugene “Bill” Clark Jr. and his wife, Andrea D. Clark, and their son, William Eugene Justin Clark III, and daughter, Brittany Nicole Clark, all of Nitro. Additional surviving children: Thomas Edward Clark Sr. and his wife, Connie Clark, of Cross Lanes; step-granddaughter, Amanda (Alan) Takla of Dunbar; step-great-grandson, Nicholas Alex Withrow; step-great-granddaughter, Caity Pauley; step-grandson, Phillip (Angle) Cogar; and step-great-granddaughter, Lexi Kernya of Wickliffe, Ohio; and daughter, Kimberly Ann Clark Litton and husband, Randy Litton, and their two daughters, Kendal Litton and Madison Litton, all of Nitro.
Visitation with the family will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, followed by the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Clark family and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.