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enjoys working in the yard. “Believe it or not, I bought one of those zero-turn lawn mowers and enjoy cutting the grass.” He and his wife just invested in a camper and took it out of the road last year, venturing into the West.
The Clarks have four children including two from Marcia’s previous marriage, a son, Breck Templeton who lives in Houston, Texas, and who is a CFO for a national food company, and Julie Betts, who lives in New York State. The Clarks have two daughters together, Alicia Probst and Emily Wells. Alicia lives in Jacksonville, Alabama, and is musically gifted. She once served as band director in Wheeler County before moving on to direct band programs in Warner Robins and Gadsden, Alabama. She and her husband, Chris, who is a trumpet professor at Jacksonville State University, have a daughter Isabelle, fondly known as Izzy. Emily and her husband live in Vidalia and lead the music program at First Baptist Church there. Emily also teaches at Vidalia Heritage Academy. Emily and Jody have three children, R.J., Laurel, and Lilly.
In retrospect, Clark agrees that he is a “happy camper,” not just in his personal pursuits but in his career, as well. A member of Alamo’s First Baptist Church, Clark said, “My relationship with church and the Lord are of the greatest importance to me. I have tried to counsel people in divorce situations. Being a Christian lawyer with an emphasis on Christian has been my guiding star through the years. The real reward is feeling like I have helped people accomplish their goals.”
Clark said that he has been privileged to participate in mission trips to Tanzania, South Africa, Germany, and Montana, and he has been involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry for 20 years at Wilcox State Prison. He has taught Sunday school for 48 years, and he teaches a children’s class each Wednesday. “If you want to know who I am, the picture is not complete without these service activities. My life and my family’s lives have been greatly enriched by our opportunities to serve the Lord.”
He observed, “I enjoy meeting people and helping them with their problems. I’ve got my practice tailored down to where it is not so stressful.” Transactional work is about all he wants to tackle now. “I have tried to handle cases with respect for both sides and in a way that is not antagonistic. Some of my courtroom cases have resulted in my being friends with both sides, and the opposing party becoming a client.”