MSgt Wesley Clark, USAF (Ret), age 70, was called home on Saturday, December 4th 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in East Carroll, Lake Providence, Louisiana on June 27th 1951 to Monroe Samuel Clark and Frankie Mae Clark (née Davis). At the age of 6yrs, his family moved to Port Arthur, Texas, where he attended Wheatley Elementary School (El Vista, suburb of Port Arthur) and later graduated from Lincoln High School in 1969.
After graduation, Wesley joined the United States Air Force, where he served 23 honorable years. He retired in 1992 from Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. During his time in service, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Upon retirement from the USAF, Wesley became a dedicated employee of Federal Express, where he served as a courier until retiring in 2011. Although the work with FedEx was constantly high tempo and often taxing on his body, Wesley woke up every morning at 5am to put in an honest day’s work to support himself and his two children, who were still young at the time. It was this steadfast commitment that instilled a strong work ethic in his children.
Finally able to enjoy retired life, Wesley spent time on various home improvement projects and cherished time with family and friends. His beloved dogs, Deacon (deceased) and Rex, were both loyal to a fault and never left his side.
Another great joy for Wesley was working on his family tree, as he felt knowing your history was important. He loved talking about it to family and friends, and he felt strongly that the world would be a better and kinder place if people understood their true history and legacy.
Before Wesley went home to be with the Lord, he spent time working on his autobiography and wrote the following dedications to his father, mother, sister and great-grandmother:
“To my father Monroe Samual Clark, who raised three sons and a daughter. Made sure we were in church on Sunday, and stayed out of trouble. Who taught us hard work, respect for others, and how to be men. He loved dogs and had a favorite dog named Rover.
To my mother Frankie Mae Davis, who made sure we were fed, clothed and had a place to rest our heads at night, most of all, we were very much loved. She had a beautiful smile and worked as a maid, and in a seafood restaurant.
To my sister Selsie Vee Clark, who was in college when my mother got sick, she postponed her education and helped my father raise three brothers and a nephew.
A special thanks with love always to Lizzie Hall, my maternal great-grandmother on my mother’s side of the family. She taught me wisdom, showed me my first in-ground well, and how to draw water, a lover of flowers, she loved to fish and would always know my favorite meal.”
Wesley Clark was preceded in death by his parents Monroe Clark Sr., Frankie Mae Clark, sisters, Selsie Vee Clark Mims and Debra McDade, brother, Rev. Dr. Monroe Clark, Jr., and beloved great-grandmother Lizzie Hall.
He is survived by his children, son, Aleric T. Clark (Leticia), Charina L. Clark (daughter) and their mother Charito Clark; grandchildren Jaden Smith Clark, Addison Clark, Tristan Clark, Jaxon Clark; Rex, devoted dog; twin brother Presley N. Clark (Carolyn); step-brother Charles Rowry; cousins and lifelong friends.
Wesley will be remembered as a GREAT dad, grandpa, leader, friend, brother, advice giver, and humanitarian. Words can’t express how his presence in this world will be missed. However, there is comfort in knowing, to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). Well done Dad, may you rest in God’s peace. Until we meet again.
“Jesus Wept” John 11:35 ~ Amen