William R. “Bill” Clark

September 15, 1942 - January 20, 2022

William R. “Bill” Clark, 79, of Frisco, TX, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022 after a long and hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.

Bill and his twin brother, Dick, were born on September 15, 1942 in Chattanooga, TN to their parents, George & Willie (Allen) Clark. Bill grew up to be a talented offensive guard and defensive cornerback for the Red Bank Lions, winning the Rebel Bowl in 1959. After graduating from high school, Bill went on to study accounting at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Bill later earned his Masters of Accounting at TCU.

In 1965, Bill joined the U.S. Army and attended Officer Candidate School at Ft. Knox, KY and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MA. After training at Ft. Lee, VA, he was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX as a First Lieutenant, where he met and married the lovely Claudia Fulwiler of Belton, TX. They wed at the Post Chapel on June 21, 1968. Following his exit from the service, Bill and Claudia moved to Ft. Worth, where he worked as an accountant for General Dynamics.

Bill and Claudia moved back to Killeen, TX in 1972, when Bill joined the team at Lott, Vernon & Co. as a CPA and later as a partner. In his 30 years with them, Bill proudly served the community as a tax and financial advisor to hundreds of local residents and business clients. Bill was a long-time member and past president of the Exchange Club and served many years as the treasurer of the Killeen chapter of AUSA (Association of the U.S. Army). After retirement, Bill joined the board of the Bell County Museum. Bill and Claudia were members of the First Baptist Church of Killeen for over 40 years, before moving to Frisco to be closer to family.

In his spare time, there was nothing that made Bill happier than fishing. Some of his favorite memories were times spent fishing with friends and family on the Colorado, White and Yellowstone Rivers. Bill enjoyed learning about American history and family genealogy. He was proud to be a member of the First Families of Tennessee and Texas and to discover that his ancestor, James Collinsworth, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. Bill also loved to travel with his family, visiting all 50 states and over 40 National Parks during his lifetime.

Anyone who knew Bill knew that his family was his pride and joy. He is survived by his wife of 53-years, Claudia Clark of Frisco, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Roger Wright of Cleveland, TN; daughter, Amy Clark of Lewisville, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Doris Clark of Waynesboro, VA; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Katie and Lance Moore of Hoover, AL; grandson, Andy Peek of Cleveland, TN; granddaughter Georgia Clark of Lewisville, TX; and 2 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his mother, father and brother, Donald.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Bill’s honor to the Bell County Museum or the First Baptist Church of Killeen. The family is planning a celebration of life for Bill this summer with details coming at a later date. Messages of condolence can be left at https://www.ariacremation.com/obituary/.

12 replies on “William R. “Bill” Clark”

Lea Buffington says:

Beloved Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Uncle Bill so much. We will miss him so very much. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

This is a beautiful obituary. We enjoyed reading about Uncle Bill and his wonderful life and loved ones. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. We love you all so much.

God bless you all, and God’s peace be with you.

With love and sympathy,

Lea, Blake, Garrett and Zoe Buffington

Bob& Barbara Carlisle says:

To Claudia, Amy (and all of Bill’s family)Bob and I are sad and very sorry for your loss. We send our love and wish you peace while remembering your lives with your loving husband and father. May you Rest In Peace Bill.

Natalie white says:

Your sweet daddy was so fortunate to have such a beautiful loving family that adored him. All of you did your very best to make sure he was very well taken care of through his struggles with Parkenson’s and I know he passed knowing how very loved he was and that’s such a gift.

Bill & Rowena Miller says:

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
Much love to all.

Joe& Jonnie Trimble says:

Claudia, Amy, and family,
Joe & I were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We loved being in the same Sunday school class with you & Bill. Sending our love and prayers. May God give you His peace as only He can give. Love, Joe & Jonnie Trimble

Norman Northen says:

Love and prayers to all. Claudia and Amy Beth you are special members of our extended family with memories to last a lifetime. We have revisited those memories with the floral exhibit at the CAC in Temple this month and next. Blessing to you all. Norman Lee and Becky Northen

Doyle & Sharon Chauncey says:

Claudia, Doyle and I are praying for you and your family. Praying that you find comfort and peace as the Lord sustains you during this transition in your life. Doyle and I grew up with Billy and met you when Doyle was in seminary in Fort Worth.

D.Shiller says:

We are so sorry hearing that Beil has passed to the other side. We will always remember him as a great guy and as Amy’s Dad. We offer our condolences. Even that he is gone, he will be by your side.

Martha trudo says:

I am so sorry to hear this news but know he was well loved and appreciated by so many.

Buster and Dee Gautier says:

Claudia and Amy Beth:
Dee & I were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I had kept up with Bill through mutual friends here in Killeen. I had the privilege of working with Bill at Lott, Vernon & Company for many years. I enjoyed fishing with him, along with other coworkers, on the Colorado River and the gulf bay at SeaDrift. God bless you Claudia and Amy Beth.

Andy Greer says:

Claudia and Amy,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of one of my most favorite people in this world. Bill was one of the finest, most caring, and gentlest men I’be had the privilege to know. I also remember him as an encourager. He always saw the bright side of matters. ANed what brilliance. Whwnever i had a question or concern about anything ralated to money he was always ready to sit and talk me through it. I will miss Bill but look forward to the day we will be reunited in Heaven.

Bobby Gray says:

I grew up on James Avenue next door to the Clarks. So sorry to hear about the death of Billy.

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