Henry Clay Clark, 88, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2013, at his home.
A son of the late Robert Nathaniel and Allie Martin Clark, he was born on March 7, 1924, at Stuart, Va., in Patrick County, where he lived his early life and graduated from Stuart High School. Mr. Clark also graduated from Bluefield Jr. College.
He was a Navy aviator during WWII, and following his discharge, received his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1948. He practiced law in Harrisonburg up until his death.
Mr. Clark was a founding member of RDC Commercial and Industrial Development Protection Organization, received recognition from the City and County in advancement of economic development, received the State Bar Tradition of Excellence Award, served as a Judge for the Harrisonburg Police Court, was appointed Commissioner in Chancery by the Circuit Court, was named Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the year, was active in the Law Review at Washington & Lee University School of Law and served on the Board of the Virginia State Bar Council.
He was the first recipient of the Virginia State Bar Outstanding General Practitioner Award. He was a past president of the Lions Club, a charter trustee of the United Way and was active in the Democratic Party for many years.
He loved making his home in Harrisonburg and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and Elder, and was on the Board of the Sunnyside Presbyterian Home.
On Aug. 31, 1946, he married the former Mary Ann Bradshaw, who survives him. Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey Martin Clark and his wife, Esther, of Portland, Ore., and H. Clay Clark III and his wife, Margaret, of Linville; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Meghan, Martin, Patrick and Molly. Also surviving are a nephew, Martin F. Clark; four nieces, Joyce Lauby, Susan Nickell, Elizabeth Peretti and Faye Clark; and two brothers-in-law, James Watt Bradshaw, D.D.S. and wife, Mary, and V. Stephen Bradshaw and wife, Christine. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Watt Clark, and four brothers, Robert N., Martin F., Richard A., and Harry Clark. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Harrisonburg First Presbyterian Church with Dr. John F. Sloop officiating. Interment will be private in Woodbine Cemetery.
The family requests no flowers. However, memorial contributions may be sent to RMH Hahn Cancer Center, c/o RMH Foundation, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, Blue Ridge Community College, Box 80, One College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486, or Rockingham County SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.
The Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home is handling arrangements and the casket will be closed.
Online condolences may be sent of the Clark family at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.