James Patrick Clark, Jr. of Glen Dale, passed away on January 25, 2015. He was born October 30, 1946 to the late James P. and Vivian J. Tagg Clark.
Jim was a former employee of Tri State Electric and Machine, CDS, and the Northern Regional Jail.
In the late 60s, Jim was the lead singer for the popular local band, The Darvons, who played at John Marshall High School’s first prom. In his younger days, he was known by the nickname “Beef”, much to the amusement of his children. In addition to a passion for music, he loved everything to do with cars, as evidenced by his prized pro-street ’68 Camaro. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman who had many memories of sharing this pastime with his own father.
Beyond these things, Jim was a reader of books, teller of stories, and keeper of useless information. He was always ready with a laugh, never met a stranger, and would give you the shirt off his back. He was our father, grandfather, and, most of all, our friend.
Survivors include his children and children-in-law who he loved as his own: daughter, Errin Cain, and her husband, Mark, of Moundsville, and son, Jason Clark, and his wife, Danielle, of McMechen. Jim also leaves four grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Emily Cain of Suitland, MD, Dalton Cain of Dyess AFB, TX, and Ava and Ayla Clark of McMechen. Also surviving are sisters Karen Mike Fahey of Moundsville, Judy Terence Shimp of Columbia, SC, and Rose Walsh of Parsons, WV, as well as his ex-wife, Linda Clark, her family, and a host of nieces and nephews.
There will be no formal service; however, those who knew Jim are invited to pay their respects and share memories at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave, Moundsville, Saturday, January 31, from 2-4pm & 6-8pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you feed a squirrel and think of Jim.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.
Dear Errin & Jason,
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Uncle Jim as a kind, funny and incredibly talented man. I loved visiting your house when we were kids and have fond memories of all the things your father could fix, restore and build. My mother has shared great stories of your dad as a young boy as well. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Uncle Jim. Love, cousin Julie & family
Dear Errin and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Dear Family and Friends,
My thoughts and prayers are offered as we say our goodbyes to Beef. He was a talented and interesting man. He brought smiles and laughter wherever he went. There just aren’t words that can express how many ways he enriched the lives of those who knew him! He will be missed.
Dear Friend I wish you hadn’t gone on Jim. I miss the Old days my friend when you were the singer and the rest of us were the Band. I miss the rides in that Z28 and the days you and I spent hunting in the Big woods. Jim you were more like a Big Brother to me than just a friend . Gonna miss you my dear dear friend
Dear Jim’s family,
Bob and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many good memories from our years growing up and his band singing. You are all in our prayers.
Dear Judy, Terry, Karen, Mike and Jim’s family,
We’re so sorry we can’t be there to express our condolences to you in person. Jim was such a friendly, kind and gentle soul. I have many good memories from our growing up and school days. May your memories help to dry your tears.
Erin and Jason,
I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I loved him like a brother.
Erin, I am very sorry to hear about your father. You are in my prays.
Errin and family,
So sorry for the loss of you father. Will keep all of you in my thoughts.
Errin, I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Hold tight to your memories and the stories you have heard him tell so many times. Those are the treasures that will help you through this difficult time and the days to come. With my love and prayers,
Errin, so sorry for your loss.
Errin, so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers. Henri.
I did not get to meet this man, but spoke with him on the phone many times and he kept me laughing when we spoke , my kind of man. in my thoughts Errin and family all of you
I met Jim when I was in the 6th grade. Errin and I were best friends. I use to spend a lot of weekends at his house. I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man. God Bless you Jim. Errin and Jason I am so sorry for your loss. I love you all.
I was so sorry to learn my friend Jim’s death.Although I had not seen him in years I have many fond memories especially his wonderful voice. To his family my deepest sympathy. Bobbie Harman
Jason & Errin,
I so sorry about your father passing away. I only met him a few times and I knew from those times that he was a very interesting person. I knew he loved to read and watch old television shows and old movies and that he loved both of you and also the grandchildren.
Your memories of him will be with you forever. God bless you and you are in my prayers.
Jim , a childhood friend and classmate , I delivered his Echo on first street for many years . RIP Jim !!!
My sincerest condolences go out to Jim’s family and may he rest in Eternal Peace. I met Jim when I was 15 and we both worked at Peerless Discount. I remember when he bought the 68 Camaro and offered to take me for a ride in it. I can still see us driving along Jefferson Ave. We had so much fun working there. What great memories I have of a great guy! So long ole friend!
My sympathies and prayers
So very sorry to learn of the passing of a nearly life long good.goodfriend.What a wonderful man and not a half bad vocalist either.Jim thanks for all the unbelievable times we have shared,and all the music we have played.Hope to see you in rock and roll heaven my friend larry
Thank you Jim for always being a Blessing going somewhere to happen! Thank you for your impact on my “Right of Passage” and the enormous JOY of having to know you and celebrate your LIFE. May our LORD continue to bless all who were touched by you!
Very sorry to hear about Jim. I remember both him and his dad. Mostly I remember Jim as lead singer of the Darvons. Jim was an excellent singer and arranger. I remember buying a bass amp off of him back in the day. His dad was also a very nice man. God bless you Beef.