of Harrison, AR
December 16, 1938 - July 24, 2023
Joy Alyce Clark passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023. Joy was born December 16, 1938, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Samuel and Jenny Oates. She married Thomas Clark, on August 26, 1960, and made their home in Harrison, Arkansas for the past 50 years. Joy was educated at St. Vincent Infirmary School of Nursing in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Plattsburgh State College in New York. She and Thomas traveled with the United States Air Force until his retirement. Joy worked in many nursing disciplines in her career as a registered nurse. She retired as a nurse educator having worked for Twin Lakes Vocational Technical School/North Arkansas College for more than 25 years as an LPN instructor.Joy is survived by her children, Shawn Dennis (Michael) of Flippin, Arkansas, Brian Clark (Summer) of Corpus Christi, Texas and Nikki Sullins (Micheal) of Harrison, Arkansas; her grandsons, Jordan Dennis, Cody Dennis, Matthew Clark, Ashtin Sullins and Lathin Sullins; her nieces, Billie Jo Measles, Sue Roberson and Iris Isgrig and many other family and friends. She especially loved and appreciated her Twin Lakes Vocational Technical School family.Joy is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Louise "Sissy" Sorey; stepsisters, Carolyn Brown and Frances Jones; infant brother, Samuel (Buddy) Oates and infant grandson, Jess Cooper IV.Visitation was held Friday, July 28, 2023, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home. The funeral service was held Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home with Bro. Alfred Pflueger and the burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery. A tribute will be performed by the Arkansas Nurses Honor Guard of the Hills.Pallbearers were Jordan Dennis, Cody Dennis, Matthew Clark, Ashtin Sullins, Lathin Sullins, Michael Dennis, Brian Clark, and Micheal Sullins.Honorary pallbearers were the Twin Lakes Vocational Technical School family.Memorials can be made to the North Arkansas College LPN program or the National Foundation for Feed the Children.
Nikki, I so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers dear friend.
Nikki and family I'm so sorry for your loss. Sensing lots of prayers for comfort.
Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of Joyâ€™s family, friends, and all the oneâ€™s that she impacted their lives through nursing. May God give you guys comfort and peace. God Bless Melissa
Shawn, Nikki & family, So sorry to hear of your mother passing. Loved coming to your house when we were in school--she always made you feel welcome & was fun to be around!! Thoughts & prayers for all of you during this difficult time.
Mrs Clark was a wonderful nursing instructor. She gave us knowledge that has helped me in the past 27 years immeasurably. She was hard on me but it made me a better nurse. Whenever I have a problem and I'm not quite sure what to do I always ask myself, what would Mrs Clark do. I hope the Lord gives her family peace in this time of loss. The world in general lost a wonderful soul
Nikki, Michael and family,Nikki, so sorry to read of your Mother's passing. She raised a loving, caring daughter and I'm sure she she was a great example for you. May God grant you peace in the coming weeks ahead.Love and prayers,Phyllis
Words arenâ€™t enough to describe the sadness I feel. Ms Clark was very special, she started my nursing career and also become a special friend. Her wonderful laugh and hearing her call me baby Villines, since I was the youngest in the class, even to this day will always be in my heart. Love you Ms Clark and my sincere condolences to all her family.
Shawn, I loved your sweet Mama!! She was very pleasant to be around. She will be missed. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸Love you and your family.
Praying for peace and comfort that only our Heavenly Father can provide. Mrs. Clark started me on my nursing journey many years ago and I am now teaching in the LPN program at NAC. She made a deep impact on my life and I have never forgotten her.
Our beautiful rose has left us, but, is with Tommy, Papa Oates and her mother, sisters and grandbaby. Words can not describe how heavy my heart is right now. We loved her to the moon and back. No more suffering for our beautiful rose. Shawn, Bryan and Nikki you all know she was one of a kind and will be missed so much to all that knew her. Love you my sweet aunt.
Joy was a precious friend and one of the most caring incredible woman I have ever known. She worked hard to train the best nurses Twin Lakes Vo-Texh and NAC could graduate. She took her job very serious. I will miss our many conversations and am so honored to call her my best friend!
Loved my Joy so muchShe will be missed by all of us Rest in peace, my loving aunt, Joy Clark
Deeply saddened to learn of Joyâ€™s passing. She was a dear friends of my Momâ€™s ( Lynn Guynn, RN), and mine. Her smile is what I noticed first about her- it lit up a room, and her warmth- it was genuine! Joy was a well-respected nurse, instructor, and friend. Sending our thoughts and prayers to Joyâ€™s children, grandchildren, and siblings.
Praying for peace and comfort in this difficult time. God bless her family.
I have had the absolute honor and blessing of knowing Joy in several capacities. First she was Shawn, Brian & Nikkiâ€™s mom. Second she was Sarah & Chuck Vaclavicekâ€™s friend. And third I worked with her at Twin Lakes Vo-Tech. What a woman she was! A force to be reckoned with and a heart of gold. No more dirt roads for her-streets of gold now! Much love & prayers Stacey and Danny
A beautiful soul and wonderful person. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss