Floyd Clark Williams
October 9, 1931 – January 1, 2019
Clark Williams was born October 9, 1931 in Dallas, Texas to Viola Clark and Robert Eugene Williams. He grew up in Oak Cliff and was a member of Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church where his parents were both elders, his mother being one of the first women ordained in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.
He graduated from Sunset High School in 1949. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he was working with Texaco and attending Southern Methodist University at night when his minister encouraged him toward the ministry, starting with Austin College in Sherman. He graduated there in 1958, and the Bachelor of Divinity degree was conferred on him by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1961. On the first day of October of that year he was ordained and installed by the Presbytery of Red River as pastor of the Alabama Presbyterian Church, Choudrant, Louisiana, where he served for three years.
Following another three years as Associate Pastor at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, he served as Executive Director of the Community Action Program for Caddo and Bossier Parishes. His next ministry was in raising money for Stillman College of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After eight years in the Dallas Regional Office of Stillman, he then did stewardship and development work for the Greater Dallas Community of Churches and the Salvation Army.
In the early 80s he began to pioneer in a specialized ministry of growing importance, that of the Interim Minister, supplying a congregation’s preaching, pastoral, and other needs between pastorates. He served in this capacity for the next 20 years serving at least 14 congregations. Later he served the Grace Presbytery in several capacities including General Presbyter Emeritus, honorably retiring at least 7 times.
He enjoyed the outdoors, running the white water of the Green River because it was “therapeutic” for him. During their marriage, he and Wanda enjoyed traveling the world together, taking hikes and walking on the beach. He loved the Lord, his wife and family, his country, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Clark is survived by his wife of 26 years, Wanda Robinson Williams; five children, F. Clark Williams, Jr., Pattye Kender and husband Tom, Laura Smith and husband Mitch, Marjorie Terrell and husband David, and Matt Williams; Wanda’s children, Linda Walke and husband Bob, Terry Tanksley and husband Jim, Sonny Scozzari and wife Connie; numerous grandchildren and “too many to count” great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for Clark will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.