David Clark moved his residence from Earth to Heaven on Saturday, March 30, 2019. A Celebration of Life for David Hugh Clark, Jr., 91, of Ada is 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4th , at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Leon Mays will offi ciate.
David was born into a good family on August 29, 1927 at Shawnee to David Hugh and Vera Olive Porterfi eld Clark. He and his family moved to Choctaw when he was two years old. That’s where he grew up and where he met the love of his life, Elveta Cargill, his wife of 68 years.
David accepted Jesus as his personal Savior when he was six years old in 1933 after he heard a salvation sermon preached by the minister who had been his grandparents pastor in Huston County, Texas and he was also their pastor in New Hope Oklahoma in the latter 1800’s. This same pastor had led the wagon train when David’s grandparents came by wagon train from Huston County, Texas to Oklahoma in 1892. Most of the people in the wagon train were member of their church.
This pastor, Rev. Chandler, also with David’s grandparents, founded the New Hope Baptist Church just south of Shawnee. They named it New Hope because this community was their new hope, in a new land. This Church is still in operation to this day.
When David was nine years old in 1935, Rev. Chandler was on his death bed and he called for David and laid his hand on David’s head and prayed a blessing on David. David during his 91 years preached many salvation messages and has led many people to Jesus and now David is with Jesus forever.
David started going to sea in the Edens Merchant Marines at the age of 16 and sailed the seas all during World War II. After his marriage, he worked as an engineer on the Western Pacifi c Railroad in California.
At the age of 27, he and his family moved back to Oklahoma and started their own business, Clark Oil Company (not associated with Clark Oil Co. in Ada). It covered Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri and Kansas.
David had several planes and was the first person to buy a private helicopter in Oklahoma. He was President of Eastern Oklahoma County Chamber of Commerce from 1974 to 1977. After retiring from the Gas and Oil business, he moved his family to Ada and had been there 40 years and was a real estate broker in Ada for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Veta, of the home; two daughters, Susan Clark of Ada and Davina Lenard and husband James of Allen; his grandchildren, Lacey Krumholz, Julie Bramlett, Kaylani Holle and James David Lenard; two great-grandchildren, Kayson Holle and Vinessa Holle; and his beloved dogs, Lady and Precious.
In the past few weeks, when David knew he was going to finish his life’s journey here soon, he told Elveta, “Be happy and enjoy the rest of your life”. He also told the rest of his family also, to BE HAPPY.