James R. Clark

James R. Clark, 80, of Temple, formerly of China Spring, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at a Temple hospital. A memorial service will be held 3 PM, Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com.

James was born on September 4, 1933 to James R. Sr. and Martha (Grimes) Clark in Ashland, Ohio. He married Betty Chance shared 26 years together. He served in the USAF during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. James was a mechanic for many years, including owning his own service station for five years. Thereafter, he became a printer. He relocated to Texas in 1975. He married Gerry Baggerly on November 4, 2010. James was an avid bowler for over 60 years. He adored all of his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don E. Clark and daughter; Dori Clark.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry Baggerly-Clark of Temple; sons, Don Clark and wife Kathy of China Spring, Doug Clark of Waco; daughters, Debbie Hodges and husband Tom of China Spring , Dena Benton and husband Larry of China Spring; seven grandchildren, Alicia Larsen, J.D. Clark, Traci Villa, Kevin Beauchamp, Danae Benton, Jordan Benton, Roxane Clark; eight great grandchildren; step-children, Kay Beasley of Moffet, Sherry Gee and husband James of Temple, Layne Vaughn and husband Wayne of Temple, Rick Baggerly and wife Deb of Temple, Robert Baggerly and wife Paula of Temple, and Randy Baggerly and wife Kris of Oklahoma; numerous step-grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and sister, Pat Sarkel and husband Don, and sister in law, Joyce Clark, both of Ashland Ohio.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Carol Sutton Willadsen

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of this good, kind and loving man. Rest in peace, dear Jim.

  2. charlotte devereaux

    I am so sorry to read of your loss,your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The Bible tells us:

  3. Don and Kathy: My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not onto your own understanding, in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and he will guide your path.

  4. When I count the many blessings in my life, I count Jim among the best. I am thankful for the unconditional love that he provided, and I will be forever grateful for how he stood in the gap to be my dad when I need one the most. When my son grows old enough to understand the complicated branches of my family tree, I will proudly share Jim’s branch and his impact upon my life. I would like to extend my condolences to families of Gerry, Don, Dena, Debbie, Doug, Aunt Pat and Aunt Joyce.

  5. I will miss your smile and the jokes you always made. I feel connected to you in a way I will always treasure. I can’t thank you enough for giving so selflessly your love and adoration, especially to my Mema. A ray of light even in your darkest days. I love you. You are missed.

  6. Jim im so very thankful for havin the pleasure to get to know you. You are very missed & loved by me love you Jim

  7. Jim you will be missed by many.thank you for coming into our lives

  8. My heart goes out to all the family n friends who new n loved Jim.

  9. Jim, you brought more joy to our family than you could ever know. You loved us wholeheartedly and unconditionally. We were truly blessed to have you in our life. You will be dearly missed. We love you to the moon and back.

  10. I am sorry for your loss. I thought the world of Jim and enjoyed playing golf with him. The family is in our prayers.

  11. Vicki Chance FLory

    My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I will miss the emails from Uncle Jim, he had a great sense of humor. He truly will be missed by many.

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