Longtime Maud Thomas Arthur “Tom” Clark, 74, passed from this life Oct. 24, 2008, at his home in Maud.


Longtime Maud Thomas Arthur “Tom” Clark, 74, passed from this life Oct. 24, 2008, at his home in Maud.
     He was born June 27, 1934 in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Willie Byrd (Poplin) Clark and Ollie Mart Clark.
     Tom graduated from Old High in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1953. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He later worked as an electrician for Texas Electric as a lineman in Electra, Texas for 21 years. Then he worked for Sonat Offshore Drilling Company retiring in 2001 after 30 years of service. Following retirement Tom worked as a reserve deputy as a Pilot for the Pottawatomie Sheriff’s Department.
Tom married Billie (Castoe) Moody Dec. 12, 1980, in Maud.
He also is past president of the Lion’s Club in Electra, Texas. Currently he is a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Maud, where he was serving as Church Secretary of the Sunday School Department.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bryant Scott Clark; one daughter, Tamara Kay Clark and by one brother, Harold Clark.
Tom is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 28 years and former Pottawatomie County Court Clerk, Billie Clark of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Wade and Susie Clark of Maud, Oklahoma; three daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Rex Huckaby of Pitkin, Colo., Roshel and Stewart Stabel of Lakin, Kan., and Christy and Gary McClaskey of Maud; twelve grandchildren, Emily Bell, Audrey Clark, Cody Clark, Cheyenne Smithson, Chelsea Smithson, Callie Smithson, Taylor Stabel, Jayce Stabel, Eryka Stabel, Savannah Kay Cook, Sydney McClaskey and Tanaya Hestrin; six great grandchildren, Olivia Clark, Lucas Clark, Jayden Bell, Jason Clark, Trey Hestrin and Zack Hestrin; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church in Maud with the Rev. Wayne Taylor and (Grandson) Cody Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Maud.
Casket Bearers will be, Dewey Goodin, Jack Morris, Rex Huckaby, Kevin Cook, Gary McClaskey, Taylor Stabel, Jayce Stabel, Jake Jones and Wade Clark.
Honorary Bearers will be, John Nuckolls, Luster Heffley and Charles Pierce.
The family has designated the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund as appropriate for memorials. Donations can be sent in Tom's memory to Trinity Baptist Church, P.O. Box 177  Maud, OK. 74854.
Service is under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home in Maud.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneralhome.com.