Mr. Kenneth M. Clarke, age 71, of Johnson City, passed away, Tuesday, February 14, 2012, in the Holston Valley Medical Center.
Mr. Clarke was a native of Elizabethton. He was the son of the late Leverett Kenneth Clarke and Sally Summers Clarke.
Mr. Clarke graduated in 1963 from East Tennessee State College with a BS in Military Science. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and completed his military obligation as a company commander with the 80th Division and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain in 1965. He retired from Raytheon in 1990, where he worked in corporate management.
Mr. Clarke was a member of the Distinguished President’s Trust, past board officer of the Pirate Club, and was awarded the National Alumni Award of Honor in 1999. He was a member of the Iota Omicron chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at ETSU. He later enjoyed the pleasure of having his son, Kevin, and his grandson, Alex, joining him as brothers.
Survivors include: his loving wife of fifty years, Brenda Clarke, of the home; two daughters, Deborah Carole Smith and her husband, Jim, of Johnson City, and Donna Greer, of Kingsport; one son, Kevin McWayne Clarke and his wife, Lori, of Gray; one brother, Martin Howard Clarke and his wife, Jane, of Elizabethton; eight grandchildren, Gary “Mac” MacArthur, Megan Smith, Devon Smith, Aaron Smith, Carmen Smith, Alex Greer, Sarah Michele Greer and Kasidee Clarke; several great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM Sunday and a memorial service for Mr. Clarke will be conducted at 4 PM Sunday, February 19, 2012, in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Pastor Lewy Cornett will officiate.
A military graveside committal service will be conducted at 9 AM Monday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. The Boone Dam Post #4933 will accord military honors. Minister, family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home by 8:25 AM Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Buccaneer Athletic Association with checks made payable to ETSU Foundation, P.O. Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the Clarke family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Clarke family. (423) 282-1521