Virgil Scoville Clark

July 12, 2013 

Mr. Virgil Scoville Clark, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday at 1 pm at Covenant United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

A native and longtime resident of Greenville, Mr. Clark was one of 5 children born to May V and John Graham Clark. Graduating from Greenville High School in 1943, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Virgil was a member of the first graduating class of the Air Force ROTC program in 1950 at East Carolina Teacher’s College (ECU). This program was one of the earliest in the history of the Air Force. While at ECTC, he was honored to be named, Who’s Who Among American Students. As a ROTC Instructor at North Carolina State University, he was selected as Teacher of the Year. Virgil retired as Lt. Colonel after 23 years of service in the United States Air Force. After his retirement, Virgil was employed with Carolina Sales from 1970-1982 and then American Truck and Auto for 10 years. He was inducted into the Distinguished Military Service Society, as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Because of his love for East Carolina University he was an active supporter of the University on many levels. He served in a number of leadership positions and had been a donor to multiple causes of the university. His memberships included the Greenville Kiwanis Club where he was awarded the honorable Hixson Award for outstanding achievement, Greenville Coffee Club, and the ECTC club where he served as President. As a member of the ECU Alumni Association, he was on the Board of Directors and was an Emeritus member. He was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church and for many years planned and organized the National Day of Prayer on the courthouse steps of Pitt County. In addition to his parents, Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his son, Virgil Scoville Clark, Jr., and three brothers, John Clark, Jr., Charles Clark and Louis Clark.

He is survived by: wife of 62 years, Frances Davis Clark; daughters, Lynette C. Tozer and husband, Len of Greenville and Denise C. Finley and husband, Karl of Greensboro; grandchildren, Jason Riddle, Will Ramey, Justin Hazleton, Clark Hazelton, and Stone Clark; great-grandchildren, Chloe & Trysten Riddle; sister, Carolyn Clark Massey of Greenville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to ECTC Scholarship Fund c/o ECU Alumni Association, Taylor – Slaughter Center, 901 E 5th St., Greenville, NC 27858, the Distinguished Military Service Society Scholarship Fund, checks payable to ECU Foundation Inc. on memo line for HHP Sch.-DMSS mail to the Director of Gift Records Office of University Development at ECU, 2200 S. Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858 or the Benevolence Fund at Cypress Glen, 100 Hickory St., Greenville, NC 27858.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jonathan Firnhaber, the staff at ECU Family Practice and caring staff at Cypress Glen.

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