LTC Denzel LeJeune
Clark


June 21, 1929 - May 26, 2021

Lieutenant-Colonel (ret) Denzel LeJeune Clark, lovingly known as “Papaw” to his family, transitioned peacefully into the loving arms of his Jesus on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the age of 91. Denzel was born in Florence, Alabama, and graduated with a degree in Business from Florence State Teacher’s College. He devoted 23 years of distinguished service in the United States Army where among other duties he was Deputy Chief of Staff at Fort Rucker, a helicopter test pilot, and completed two tours in Vietnam. It was also his great honor to serve as an Alabama State Representative upon retiring. His joy was spending time with his family playing on the “creek” at their family home in Killen.

Denzel was preceded in death by his parents Naomi Scott Clark and YJ Clark, his two sisters Arline Clark Spain and Margaret Clark Springer, and his wonderful wife, Vivian Foster Clark, of 59 years and his grandson Harrison Bay Hinkle. His family rejoices in knowing they are all united together again. He is survived by his three children, Karen Clark Hendon, and husband Jerry Hendon, of Canyon Lake, Texas, Denzel Clark Jr., and wife Sonja Shreves Clark, of Covington, Louisiana, and Malana Clark Hinkle, and husband Walter Scott Hinkle, of Birmingham, Alabama. He leaves behind seven grandchildren, Robert Hendon, Denzel (Trey) LeJeune Clark III, and wife Jennifer Clark, Brittany Clark Hubert, and husband Andrew John Hubert, Tyler Charles Clark, and wife Naomi Van Yperen Clark, Jackson Ashley Hinkle, Hunter Clark Bryant and Hannah Grace Bryant. He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Preston, Harvest, Levi, Eden and Selah, and one more on the way. All of his children and grandchildren were the absolute joys of his heart.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 2:00pm with a service at 3:00pm at Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive in Florence, Alabama. A short graveside service will follow.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to New Beginnings Church in Florence. Condolences may be left at wfunerals.com



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May 30, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Spry Williams Funeral Home

May 30, 2021 2:00 pm

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May 30, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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Spry Williams Funeral Home, Helton Drive, Florence, AL, USA

May 30, 2021 3:00 pm

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May 30, 2021
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Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens

May 30, 2021 3:45 pm

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4 Comments on “LTC Denzel LeJeune Clark”

  1. It was my honor and privilege to assist Denzel as clerk during his tenure in the Alabama House of Representatives. A retired pilot in the United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division in Viet Nam and later at various posts, Denzel and his life’s partner, wife Vivian, as a devoted couple, made and retained lifelong friends around the globe, military and non-military alike. They truly cared for others and saw to the welfare of many. We have lost a man who was honest, caring, and devoted to his faith, family and mankind. I am saddened by his death.
    Karen, Denny, and Melana – your loss is great and my heart aches for you. He and Vivian were dear friends who will remain in prayer, with you & your families. Last time we talked he said come out to Killen, we all hope to be there for the 4th. I didn’t make it. One of my favorite memories is Denzel and Nelson bursting in through the office door just before Christmas belting out “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. Your Dad was a good man. Your Mom was a beauty, beloved by all. God be with you.

  2. So sorry to hear of Denzel’s passing. We went to church together for several years. We always enjoyed being with Denzel and Vivian. Praying for all the family.

  3. So sorry to hear of Denzel’s passing. He lived a good life and was loved by all.
    My prayers are with you all.
    Debra Brown

  4. So saddened to learn of Denzel’s passing. He and Vivian were family friends for over fifty years. He was a good and honest man, as well as a true patriot. He will be sorely missed by so many.

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