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April 24, 2014

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Nayland Denis Clark

Published: 07/18/2013

Nayland Denis Clark

Died: July 16, 2013

Nayland Denis Clark, 77, of Greeneville, passed away at noon Tuesday at Takoma Regional Hospital.

He and his wife, Elaine Russell Clark, had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29.

Nayland attended the Greeneville schools, and graduated fourth in his class in 1954 from Greeneville High School.

He was a 1958 graduate of Tusculum College, where he was a Charles Oliver Gray Scholar, and cum laude graduate with a double major in mathematics and physics.

He worked at Sperry-Farragut in Bristol, and McDonald-Douglas in North Carolina, before being hired by John Gross to work at the Magnavox Company in Jefferson City and in Morristown. Sometime later, he was transferred to the Greeneville plant to work as quality control statistical analyst and engineer.

During his early career, as computers were coming into use, he taught several classes at Magnavox on using the computer and quality control.

He continued working there after the company became Philips Consumer Electronics until he retired, just before the company became Five Rivers Electronic Innovations. Before his retirement, the company honored him with a 30-year party.

Nayland was a lifelong member of Asbury United Methodist Church and was a loyal and supporting member of the church. He worked in many phases of the church as: head usher, a lay leader, Sunday School teacher, member of the prayer chain, member and chairman of the administrative board, and member and chairman of the board of trustees during the pastorate of Brent Hall. He was also a depositor.

He, along with his wife, was a teacher of the Sunday evening Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) for several years, and was a former member of the Cokesbury Sunday School Class.

In 1973, he and Dee Dee Bowman were co-chairmen of the Centennial Celebration for the church, which was a year-long celebration.

Nayland was an active member of the community. He was a member of the Little Theatre of Greeneville, serving on the board of directors for many years; and acting on stage. He may be remembered especially for his role as Sakini in "Teahouse of The August Moon," a Marlon Brando role in the original film.

He also did program design and set painting.

When Louise Orr directed her Andrew Johnson film, he portrayed the role of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.

In his younger years, he was an active member of the Jaycees, and held several offices.

At that time, he was a member and president of the now defunct Kiwanis Club of East Greene, before joining the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville in 1982.

Soon after, he was elected secretary and remained in that position until 2010.

In 1983, he, with Jim Harris, revived the Kiwanis Kapers, and Nayland directed the first 13 shows. The two put together a working committee that remained with them during those first years. The committee included Nayland Clark, Jim Harris, David Price, Jon Headrick, and Jerry Hankins.

He worked on many projects throughout his membership and received many awards, including the Kripple K Award, Kiwanian of the Year, and, in 1996, the club honored him with a Kiwanis International George F. Hixson Fellow Award.

In 2011, the Kiwanis Club honored Nayland by dedicating the Kiwanis Kapers to him "Our Good Friend and Fellow Kiwanian ... A Hixon Fellow Who Represents the Best of Kiwanis."

He was an avid photographer and assisted the Greene County Heritage Trust with photographs of the homes that were open during the early Heritage Trust Tour of Homes. He was active as long as his health permitted.

Nayland was a descendant of Joseph Harding, who fought in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Kings Mountain, and of Alice McBride Moore, kin of Nathan Hale's brother. He was also descended from Smith Tullock, who fought in the Union Army in the Civil War.

He is survived by his wife: Elaine Russell Clark; his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alan and Teresa Russell of Lynchburg, Va., and Ruth Russell of Knoxville; nieces and nephews: David Veley, Barbara and Scott Behan, Ruth Ann Manchester, Anne Marie and Drew Friesen, Maria and Drew Smith, Melissa and Mike Horning, and Michelle and Steve Esterline; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews; his aunts: Bertha Moore, Katherine Moore, Teresa Broyles, Doloros Horne, Dolly Horne, and Elizabeth Horne; his cousins: Ann Moore and Fred Smith of Greeneville, Tom and Pat Moore of Clermont, Fla., and Marcia Moore Medford of Elizabethton; and several other cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father: Richard A. Clark, and his mother: Virginia Moore Clark; his grandparents: Bessie (Tullock) and E.F. Moore Sr.; aunts and uncles: John Thomas Moore, Everette Moore Jr., Laurene Moore Smith, Margaret Moore, W.T. Broyles, Gordon Moore, Juanita Moore, Jim Edmiston, and Morris Moore; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jesse and Mabel Horne Russell; a sister-in-law: Lynette Russell Veley; and a brother-in-law: Buford Russell.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. today at Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service, downtown.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Asbury UM Church with interment to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. David S. Woody will officiate.

The body will be taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral.

Pallbearers will be Noah Roark, Dr. Brad Strange, Dr. John Lamons, Kenny Benson, Jerry Hankins, and Myron Bernard.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members and former members of the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville.

The family expressed their appreciation and thanks to the CARIS Hospice nurses and staff, especially to Karen Harrison, Cindy Taliaferro, and Whitney Jeffers Stanton; and to the Laughlin Home Healthcare staff, especially to Cora, and Mary Garland; and to Dr. Jaime Oakley, Dr. Brad Strange, and the late Dr. Ron Cole.

Nayland's request was that memorial contributions be made to the Asbury UM Church Building Fund, 201 S. Main St., Greeneville, TN 37743.

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