Ronald Jay Clark, 68, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 27, 2017 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on November 28, 1948 in Center to Henry Jay Clark and Frances Wright Clark. Funeral services for Ronald will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home.
Ronnie grew up in Center and in Pasadena, Texas. He attended Pasadena High School where he was very active in the football program. Ronnie met Norma Jean McCarty and the two were married at a Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas on June 22, 1967. Together, they raised a beautiful family. For Ronnie, the birth of his son and daughter were the most monumental moments in their relationship. Ronnie worked diligently as a longshoreman for almost forty years before retiring from ILA24. He very much liked gardening in his spare time.
He also would do his best to catch a game of golf and loved to take his Harley out on the open road. Sitting down for a game of 42 or heading to the bowling alley were also pastimes that Ronnie enjoyed. He attended Providence Missionary Baptist Church and filled in as a Sunday School teacher there. Ronnie often could be found studying God’s Word in those quiet moments. More than anything, he was a loving father and took such pride in being a good provider for his family. He adored his wife of 50 years and loved his children and grand-children unconditionally. Ronnie never met a stranger and touched many hearts during his lifetime.
Ronald is survived by his loving wife, Norma; son, Ronald Brent Clark; daughter, Tiffany Farmacka and husband, Brett; grandchildren, Jacob Henry Ingersoll, Sarah Lena Olson and husband, Dalton, Emily Grace Clark, Brynna Leann Farmacka, and Cassidy Layne Farmacka; great-grandchildren, Samuel Dalton Ronald Olson and Braydon Cole Oatis; and niece, Catherine Renee Clark.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jay Clark and Fran Wright Clark, and one brother, Rodney Ray Clark.
Pallbearers for the service will be David Clark, Robert Hodges, Cade Clark, Cooper Warr, Cody Warr, Brian Bailes, Jeff Eaves, Danny Gazaway, Jason Lusk and Oren Warr.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Clever Creek Baptist Church, 199 CR 1042, Center, Texas 75935. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfuneralhome.com.