Creslie D. Clark Sr. of rural Fairland died Thursday evening, after an illness.  He was 78.

Mr. Clark was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Decatur, Ark., to Joseph and Minnie (Williams) Clark.

He was a veteran, having served in the Army from 1952 through 1954. He was a retired B.F. Goodrich worker and had also been self-employed for 32 years as a poultry farmer. 

Mr. Clark married Velma Wight on Sep 2, 1951, in Centerton, Ark. She survives, of the home.

The couple moved from rural Miami to rural Fairland in 1994. He attended the Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded by his parents, two daughters, Connie Diane Clark and Marla Clark; three brothers, Hugh, Harley, and Jimmy, and a sister, Delores Kent.

Additional survivors include three sons and their wives, Creslie and Debbie Clark Jr. of Wyandotte, Terry and Patti Clark of Independence, Kan., Tony and Kellie Clark of Chelsea, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Monday at Adcock Chapel in Fairland with the Rev. Steve Wood officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Cory Clark, Ryan Clark, Ben Clark, Andy Jett, Levi Nachbor and Steve Blount. Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Amos Jr., Harry Lee VanDorn, Harvey Fix, Dick Fuller, Joe Brown, and Bud Terry. Burial will be at 2 p.m., Monday in Decatur, Ark. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Adcock Funeral Home in Fairland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Adcock Funeral Home in Fairland.