Robert Franklin Clark, 82, of Cherokee Village died Oct. 31, 2002, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.
Born Dec. 25, 1919, in Charlottesville, Va., he was the the son of Benjamin Franklin Clark and Georgeanna Hoffman Clark.
He was retired from the United States Air Force, having served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also flew in the Berlin Airlift. He retired from the United States Air Force as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years.
He married Virginia Elizabeth Novy Jan. 23, 1960, at Whiteman Air Force Base. They moved to Cherokee Village in 1965 from Blytheville Air Force Base. He was a member of the Air Force Association and also of the Retired Officers Association.
He was ordained as a deacon in 1981 by Bishop Andrew McDonald and served at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cherokee Village and St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend until last year when he became ill. He acted for many years in the capacity of chaplain going to the area hospitals until his health began to fail.
He started the first food kitchen in the area and loved helping those less fortunate. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Cherokee Village and of the ministerial alliance.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; two sons -- Montgomery Michael Clark of Ash Flat and Robert F. Clark of Jonesboro; a brother, Owen Clark of Charlottesville, Va.; three granddaughters -- Amy Leigh Horton of Branson, Mo., Kristen Virginia Clark of Fayetteville, and Cecilia Nicole Clark of Cherokee Village; a grandson, Matthew Cameron Clark of Columbus, Ind.; and a great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Horton.
A rosary service was Nov. 3 at Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel in Highland.
A funeral mass was Nov. 4 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cherokee Village with Bishop Andrew McDonald, Father Kevin Atunzu, Father Venatius Preske and Father Tony all officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Highland.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Hardy.
The United States Air Force Honor Guard from Jackson Air Force Base provided full military honors at the graveside.
All deacons attending the service served as pallbearers.