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Russell Clark, Jr.

Russell Alphonso Clark, Jr.

Thursday, August 29th, 1946 - Monday, October 28th, 2019
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Russell A. Clark, Jr., 73 of Norfolk, Virginia went to be with his Heavenly Father on October 28, 2019. He was surrounded at his home by his loving wife of 50 plus years, Parisiene and precious children, Kevin and Regina. He had a short, unexpected illness.
Russell was born August 29, 1946 in Norfolk, VA to the late Russell A. Clark. Sr. and Lessie Clark. He received his education from St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Ruffner Middle School and Booker T. Washington where he graduated in the class of 1964. He continued his education at Norfolk State College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree (1971).
Russell began his professional work experience early in his life, at General Electric, Newport News Shipbuilding and Naval Rework Facility, Naval Air Station. He later worked in the chemical industry, as a mechanical Engineering Technician with Foster Grant and American Hoechst in Polystyrene Technology, Performance Products. He continued in the chemical field and later retired in (2010) as a Project Manager with the Huntsman International Corporation Maleic Licensing Group.
Russell’s job allowed him to travel to many U.S. and foreign countries overseeing the final projects of opening chemical plants. His work had him to travel to many foreign countries (China, Florida, Illinois, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, India, etc.)
Russell was a member of the Pershing Rifles Military Fraternity #9 NSU (1965), Brighton Rock Lodge #79 Masonic Lodge, B.T.W. Class of 1964, Lifetime Member of Norfolk State University Alumni Association (2005), Corvette Club and an avid member of Virginia Beach Recreation Programs.
Russell loved life and he experienced great joy in reading, sports and designing, building and remodeling cars. He loved the Chevrolet brand it was his No. #1 tradename of all cars. The Chevrolet Corvette and a truck was a man’s best friend.
Russell’s precious memories will linger in the hearts of his faithful, devoted wife of over 50 years, Parisian T. Clark; two children, Regina Y. Clark-Parker of Charlotte, NC and Kevin B. Clark of Chesapeake, VA, two sisters, Jacqueline Richardson (Alex) of Chesapeake, and Avery Clark, Baltimore, MD; two brothers: Byron Clark (Tabetha) of San Antonio, TX, Karl Clark of Charlotte, N.C, three aunts; Mrs. Edna Clark of Portsmouth, VA, Mrs. Audrey James of Virginia Beach and Mrs. Hattie Downing of Edenton, NC; and one Mr. Reginald “Red” Clark of Portsmouth, VA along with a hosts of cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.
Visitation will be Monday, November 4, 2019 from 2pm to 6 pm at Graves Funeral Home, Church Street, Norfolk, VA. A life celebration service will be held 11:00 am at Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Holt Street, Norfolk, VA. Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Airline Blvd, Chesapeake, VA. The family has entrusted Graves Funeral Services to handle the final arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Norfolk State University Foundation for Russell A. Clark, Jr. Memorial Endowment at 700 Park Avenue, HBW Suite 410 Norfolk, VA 23504. Condolescences can be offered to the family at
Special Thanks to Dr. F. Paragas M.D., Sentara Leigh Hospital and staff, Personal Touch and all the other medical personnel for the attentive care of my love one.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 4th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, November 4th, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 11:00am
    The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church
    232 Chapel Street
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
    3920 Airline Blvd
    Chesapeake, VA 23321
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Elvira Tyler

Posted at 06:14pm
My sincere condolences to Parisiene Clark and family. I just learned of Russell's passing and wanted to reach out to the family. As Parisiene and I were colleagues for over 25 years at Booker T. Washington High School, I was sorry to learn of his passing. I will keep this family in my prayers.

Ernest & Ann Baker

Posted at 08:46pm
We offer our prayers and condolences to the Clark family. While we did not know Russell, Avery has been a close friend of our family for a long time to the point where she is considered a family member. We wish you peace and comfort as you transition to a life without Russell.

Ernest and Ann Baker

Lorrie Gilbert

Posted at 03:56pm
Parisene, I worked with Russell at Huntsman Chemical many years ago. I was a temp secretary in Engineering at first, then went on to be hired and worked in the HR department. I was there for 8 years. Russell was always so friendly and kind, never a harsh word to say to me or anyone. He had a lovely personality and a great smile. I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine how you are feeling. Praying for peace and that God will comfort you and Russell's family at the very sad time. God Bless. Lorrie (Powell) Gilbert


Posted at 08:54am
We offer you and the family our deepest and most sincere condolences. May our Lord comfort you during this difficult time. Michael & Clara Graves

Sadie Deans

Posted at 03:02pm
Condolences to the Clark family, I am truly sorry for the passing of your loved one, May God bless you and keep you in his loving arms. Sadie Deans

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