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James "Jim" Adams Clark

February 3, 1925 October 11, 2019
James "Jim" Adams Clark
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DURHAM: James “Jim” Adams Clark, 94, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 at VA Medical Center in Durham. He was born in Chapel Hill, NC to the late James Arthur Clark and Fannie Ethel Adams Clark. In addition to his parents, Mr. Clark was also predeceased by his wife, Margaret Odom Clark; brother, Benjamin Leo Clark; and half-sisters, Mamie Maddox, Hazel Autry, Louise McBroom.

Mr. Clark moved to Durham when he was 8 years old. Prior to moving to Durham, he lived with his grandmother and aunt. He was drafted at the age of 18 into WWII and served 2.5 tours in Korea and 2 tours in Vietnam. During his 30 years of service, Mr. Clark was awarded numerous awards. Some of the most outstanding include the Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd Award, Bronze Star Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze, Air Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle eastern Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze, American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal & Germany Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal & Bronze Star Attachment, Korea Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1972 at the rank of 1st Sergeant.

After his retirement, Mr. Clark worked for Duke University and the VA Medical Center. He loved all sports, and rooted for the UNC Tarheels. He was a lifetime member of DAV and the American Legion Post #7.

Mr. Clark is survived by his life partner of 19 years, Billie G. Cole; son, James Adams Clark, Jr.; and granddaughter, Elena Clark.

Mr. Clark will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to thank all of their friends, the VA CLC Hospice Unit, Dr. Martha S. Carraway and Dr. David Edelman for all their loving care and support during this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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