Fred Ray Clark, 90, of Canton passed away Dec. 4th, 2020. Fred was born to Albert Leonard Clark Sr. and Margie Tyson Clark on April 21, 1930 in Wortham Texas.
Fred was the youngest of 11 children, all of whom have pre-deceased him. He attended Forrest Hill school.
After high school, Fred spent a short time honing his cooking skills while working as a short order cook. After that, Fred joined the U.S. Air Force and served overseas during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Sergeant.
While still in the service and based at Fallen, Kansas, he married his childhood sweetheart Alice Ann Moore. They remained married for 66 years until the time of her death in August, 2020.
After his time in the Service, Fred landed a job at the new aerospace hydraulics plant, Vickers AMD in Jackson, MS. Fred enjoyed a 33 year career there, working first as a machinist and then as an inspector, from 1956 until his retirement in 1989. During his career at Vickers, Fred was not only known for his fine inspection work on the SR-71 spy plane hydraulic pumps, but also for his unofficial role as a cartoonist. He was one of the early exhibitors at the Canton Flea market in the 1960's. Fred also coached little league baseball teams in the Madison-Ridgeland league in the late 1960's. He was physically able to hunt to an advanced age, taking his best trophy buck at the age of 70 and still shooting the limit of doves at age 80.
He is survived by children: Laura (Matt), Sam (Carrie), Ben (Betsy), and Tom (Jackie). He is also survived by too many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to name.
Services were held at Breeland Funeral home on December 11, 2020. Burial followed in Lakewood South Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Methodist Children's Home.