James Francis Clark

Thursday, April 16, 2020

James Francis Clark, 88, formerly of Blytheville and Clay County, Ill., passed away Friday afternoon, April 3, 2020, in Chesterfield, Mo., of natural causes.

He was born July 14, 1931, in Trenton, Ill., the son of James Marion and Marie Theresa (Geiben) Clark. He was united in marriage to Jane Carolyn (Kincaid) Clark of Louisville, Ill., on Sept. 29, 1952.

James served in the Air Force in Germany during the Korean War and was a devout member of the Catholic church. He worked in industrial management most of his life. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting with his friends, fishing with his daughter and friends on the White River in Arkansas, and barbecuing by the swimming pool with friends and neighbors.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Clark Penney of Wildwood, Mo.; four grandsons, Alexander “Zander” Clark Penney, William James Penney, Ethan Kincaid Penney and Lucas Michael Penney; a brother, Robert (Maureen) Clark of Springfield, Mo.; and nieces, Brenda Tatum, Theresa Workman, Sue White Harden and Bronwyn Clark McDaniel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marie Clark; wife, Jane Clark; and two sisters, Jane White and Peggy Milam.

Arrangements will be announced at a later date and are in the care of Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, Ill. Burial will take place in St. Stephen Cemetery, Flora, with the presentation of military funeral honors. Memorial donations are suggested to Catholic charities or Knights of Columbus and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence visit: www.frankandbright.com