Colonel Niles Craig Clark, Jr., Ret. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend passed away surrounded by family at his home on February 12, 2017, at the age of 83.
He was the son of Niles. C. Clark Sr. and Agnes Anderson Clark of Waterloo, SC and is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Amis Clark of Greenwood, SC; three sons: Niles C. Clark III (Anna) of Greenwood, SC; Thomas A. Clark (Doren) of McDonough, GA; and Steve M. Clark (Eileen) of Mount Pleasant, SC; Eight granddaughters: Brandi Clark Cooke (Benjy) of Mount Pleasant, SC; Elizabeth "Ruthie" Clark Godfrey (Wade) of Roebuck, SC; Laurie Clark Dunn (Colin) of Washington, DC; Rebekah Clark Moody (Paul) of Atlanta, GA; Ashley C. Clark of McDonough, GA; Elizabeth Clark Kozma (Tom) of Mount Pleasant, SC; Mary Shadler Clark of Charlotte, NC; and Caroline C. Clark of Mount Pleasant, SC and six great-grandchildren; One brother; George Bailey Clark of Lynchburg, VA, two sisters: Evelyn Clark Lorenz (Dick) Oliver Springs, TN and Martha Anne Elliott (Floyd) of Plano, TX.
Niles was a 1955 honor graduate of Clemson University where he was active in the band and Army ROTC, he earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee. He served 32 years with distinction and honor in the US Army earning the rank of Colonel. Niles was an Army aviator and maintenance test pilot in both fixed wing and helicopters achieving his master army aviator designation. He served three-one year tours of duty in Vietnam. The family moved 27 times during his career and was stationed throughout the US and twice in Germany. As a well-decorated soldier, his most prestigious awards and decorations were: Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with "V" and 3 oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service medal, Air Service medal with 24 oak leaf clusters, among others.
After retiring from military service, Niles moved to Waterloo, SC, where he raised beef cattle, grew timber and was appointed the chairman of Laurens Co. Transportation committee. He took great joy in improving the land on the family farm, driving his tractor and taking his grandchildren on hay rides.
He was a member of the Laurens Co. Forestry Association, Laurens Co. Cattlemen's Assn. and the Star Fort chapter of the Military Officer Assn., where he served as President and was on the board of directors. Niles volunteered on church mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Honduras where they constructed churches and schools. He was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and the Charles Poore Sunday School Class.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Hunsucker and Rev. Barrett Alewine officiating.
Burial with Full Military Honors will be in Waterloo Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be LTC A. Glenn Neil, Ret. and Ray Davis and the grandsons-in-law.
Honorary escort will be members of the Charles Poore Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall from 1:00 to 2:00 Saturday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646 or to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 550 Highway 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, SC 29649.
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