Mr. and Mrs. Clark celebrate 80th anniversary
A day of celebration was held Monday, Oct. 1, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Clark's 80th wedding anniversary.
Raymond Clark and the former Rosa Dirion were married on Oct. 1, 1938, making a lifetime commitment to each other.
The couple has lived in Lake City for many years. He is a retired Assembly of God pastor and they have served many churches throughout Arkansas including Black Oak, Lake City, Needham, Belleville, Hughes, Mountain View and London.
A drop-in reception was held in the board room at Lake City City Hall.
They are the parents of four children, Brenda (Larry) Davis of Benton, and the late Jackie Clark, Charles Raymond Clark and Patricia Clark Wisham. They also have eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Clark is a World War II Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.
Mrs. Clark said she was almost 16 and he was almost 18 when they got married in Osceola.
“His family moved close to my family and his sister introduced us,” she remembers.
When asked if there was a secret to being married 80 years, Mr. Clark said in the wedding vows it says to obey and I guess I have been doing that for 80 years."
Mr. Clark shared a special memory that still stands out in his mind.
“It was the day I came home from the Army,” he said. “It looked like I would not make it. When I arrived at Ft. Chaffee in Fort Smith, my paperwork was left in New York. I was told I was AWOL and would have to be sent back. I wasn't going back without a fight but there was a major there who knew me and he got it all cleared up. When I got out of the car and went into the house and saw Rosa and the kids, it was a special thing.”
It was the first time he had seen his youngest daughter, Brenda, who was born after he left for the service.
Mr. Clark still has a bullet in his shoulder from a wound he received in the war.
He and Mrs. Clark have served many churches together.
“I tried to preach and she sang,” Mr. Clark said. "I hope I did some good a long the way."
“The Lord has helped us stay together all these years,” Mrs. Clark said. “We always went to church and served the Lord. We are not able to go all of the time now but in our hearts we still serve.”
Mr. Clark said they always held to the marriage vows they took 80 years ago “til death do us part."
"We had our disagreements but we believed in God and we always worked it out,” he said. “I am glad we did. We have four wonderful kids. We have outlived all but one, Brenda. We can look forward to knowing when we leave this world we will be going to a better world.”
Mr. Clark thanked everyone for coming out and sharing the day with them.
Brenda and her husband, Larry Davis, are also in the ministry. Larry is a native of Monette.
Brenda said she is glad her parents live in such a great place, Lake City.
“The people here are good to them,” she said. “If I get worried about them or think they need something, I can call Mayor Jon Milligan and he will check on them.”
The couple has lived in their home for over 30 years.
Mayor Milligan was on hand to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Clark. He also read a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives from Rep. Dan Sullivan who was unable to attend. He then read a letter from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson congratulating them and a letter from U.S. Senator John Boozman who not only congratulated them on their anniversary, he sent a thank you to Mr. Clark for his military service.