Ralph Ernest “R.E.” Clark, 67, of Bentonville, AR, entered the throne room of heaven on December 19th, 2021. He was born July 7th, 1954, in Baton Rouge, LA. He graduated from Live Oak High School. He owned his own business, Clark’s Grocery, in Watson until his call to ministry. He faithfully served more than 40 years in the gospel ministry which included 18 years as a pastor and 22 years as Associational Missionary with the Northwest Arkansas Baptist Association. His missionary service abroad has resulted in the spreading of the gospel to five continents. He was the author of three daily devotionals, several Bible study manuals, and a book on revival preparation. Above all, he always placed his family first. In the home, he lived what he preached leaving a legacy that will continue to point others to Christ. He is survived by his wife, Trudy Grimmett Clark; 3 daughters, Amy Holliman (Kevin), Jennifer Bertrand (Glynn), Kayre Chastain (Andrew); a son, Jonathan Clark (Courtney); 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 4 stepchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Kay Clark, his parents, sister, and brother.
Visitation and service at First Baptist Church of Livingston on Sunday, Dec 26th from 5PM to 9PM and on Monday, Dec 27th from 12PM until service begins at 2PM with James Courtney officiating. Graveside service will be at New Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Watson.
Pallbearers will be Jim Jenkins, Jimmy Mizell, Keith Rowe, Wilton McMorris, Brad Estis, and Chadd Quebedeaux. Honorary pallbearers are Grant Holliman, Jacob Bertrand, Dylan Bertrand, Matthew Chastain, Joel Clark, and Kayden Clark.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to further the Dominican Republic mission work, NW2NW, started under his ministry. Donations can be mailed to the Northwest Baptist Association, PO Box 2120, Bentonville, AR 72712.