of Conway, AR
May 11, 1961 - September 18, 2022
Russell R. Clarke, Jr., 61, of Conway went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 18, 2022. He was born May 11, 1961 in Dayton OH. Russell was preceded in death by his father, Russell R. Clarke, Sr. and Step-father, Alan Clifford and one granddaughter, Autum Clarke.Russell is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Shelly Clarke; mother, Joyce Clifford; daughters, Melissa (Clarke) Persons (Brent) and Joyce Clarke; brothers, Bruce Clarke and Scot Clifford (Brandy); Uncles, Ronnie and George Clarke; Aunt, Tonya Roe (Richard); grandchildren, Kaiden, Evan, Rayden, Blayden, Lenora, Miles, Jacei Lynn and Garrett and numerous extended family and friends. Russell was a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force and served on the security forces as TSgt. He was later employed at Hendrix College in Public Safety for 18 years and then 5 years as locksmith at the college before retiring. Russell enjoyed fishing all species of fish, hunting with his daughters, watching football, or his favorite TV series with friends and family. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren. Russell had a great sense of humor and was always making up funny songs and was a great storyteller. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2pm Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, with Bro. Jim Bob Baker officiating.
My condolences on your loss. I am 100% confident that I was penpals with Russ during the Gulf War 90-91. Throughout the years I’ve remembered that we were penpals and thought that I should try and look him up, since I myself went into the service and am a 20 year veteran of the Navy Seabees. I was looking through Momento box that has been in my storage and found the old letters from Russ. And was disappointed when I again searched for him to discover that just a month ago he had passed. The names and the ages and the Hometown all match up so it must be him. His girls were five and seven at the time and he loved them and thought they were the most beautiful young ladies ever. Well I’m disappointed that I never reconnected with him later in life, I’m happy that I was able to distract him even briefly during the time of war that he was in. And although we didn’t serve together in the same unit, we were in the service at the same time so I say rest easy brother we have the watch.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We think about your family often, and our children ask about Russell. Although we haven't seen y'all in a while, we still are glad we got to know you. We live in Conway now and would love to see you when you're ready. If there's anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask.
Russ was a great person and a great Psafe officer. I am sure he is fishing in heaven! RIP Russ!
I am so very sorry for the families loss of such a great man! Prayers for you guys for the hard days ahead & behind you. Love you guys!
Prayers and so much love for you and your family our deepest sympathy and condolences may he rest in peace I love you Joyce
Sad to see this. My condolences to the family. When he worked at Hendrix, Russ walked me to my car on some particularly late night work days for me in the Sleep Lab. He always seemed happy to do this for me, though I know that it actually added work to his night. His kindness and happy spirit will be missed.
So sorry for your loss. I pray 🙏 you find peace and comfort and the strength to hold you up in your weakest moment. The lord is there for you to pick you up when you can’t. I ask him to take care of the family with a hedge of protection and his love ❤️ wrapped around each one of you. In Jesus name I pray 🙏 Amen
Prayers and condolences for the family.
The world has lost a true officer and a gentleman. RIP, Russ.
I am very sorry for your loss, prayers for your family. 🙏GOD'S SPEED 🙏
Im sorry for your loss! Praying for you and yoir family!
So sorry for your loss.Prayers for your Family!
Love all the memories of a kind, fun, and loving cousin who was funny and adventurous. Can’t wait for the next big reunion when we are all reunited. I’m sure there will be flos amazing chicken and dumplings, a big game of backyard football and a fishing tournament for sure! Until then may you Rest In Peace my sweet cousin. Love Cathy and Creig Huffman
I served with Russ at Little Rock Air Force Base 90-92. Russ was an outstanding Security Police Desk Sergeant, dependable friend and coworker to many. He enjoyed fishing, family and hunting and had many, many stories for those fortunate enough to bring the subject up. You will be missed and may God bless you, your family and friends. RIP my brother in arms.
Shelly & family, I’m so sorry to hear of Russ’ passing. You & yours will be in my prayers. He was a great husband, father, & grandfather. Prayers for all ❤️🙏❤️🙏
We are so sorry for your loss 😔if you need anything please let us know 🙏 ❤
my prayers go out to his family. I had the honor to serve with Russ for 2 years in Okinawa Japan we had some good times RIP my brother
I worked with Russ at Hendrix. He was the best partner. Mr Crappie will be truly missed.
So deeply sorry your family had to go through this: but sharing your sorrow and keeping memories of Russ in your heart is the best way to celebrate his life. What he meant to you as a son, husband, father or brother will be yours to share the rest of your life. The Family has my deepest sympathy.