Obituary of Robert Clark
Robert Earl (Bob) Clark of Greenville, SC, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the age of 88.
Bob was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, to the late Clarence and Gladys Clark, and grew up in Perham (Aroostook County), Maine, the second of five children. There he learned his work ethic from his father on the family potato farm; and at age 16, he became one of the youngest pilots in Maine. In 1951, Bob married his childhood sweetheart – literally the girl next door – Charlene Hope Conroy, and began their 67-year journey together.
A hard worker with leadership ability, Bob served as a lead machinist for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a lubrication engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation, and eventually partnered with Charlene for a successful real estate career of over 35 years.
A passionate follower of Jesus since his early 20’s, Bob never missed an opportunity to talk about His Savior to anyone within the sound of his voice or the reach of his smile. As a member of Fellowship Greenville for nearly 40 years, he served as a deacon, usher, choir member, and greeter. For many years he led a weekly Bible study at Perry Correctional Facility, pointing prisoners to freedom in Christ.
His other great passion was connected to his role as a Trustee for the Greenville County Library Commission, which he served for over 15 years. Hundreds of people were invited to “go get a library card” through Bob’s pleasant persistence.
A faithful husband, loving father, and delighted grandfather, Bob is survived by his wife, Charlene; his children, Lyndon Clark, Donna (and David) Aprati, Paul (and Lisa) Clark, and Wenda (and Jim) Starr; 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 siblings: Elaine Bridge, Maxine Hybarger and Ed Clark; (pre-deceased by Louise Jensen).
The family will be receiving friends at Fellowship Greenville (3161 SC Hwy 14, Greenville, SC) on Thursday, July 12, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm. A celebration of Bob’s life will follow at 4:30 pm.