Former state senator from area dies

Former NC State Sen. R.L. Clark

By Clint Parker

Asheville – Former NC State Sen. R.L. Clark passed away Monday, June 8. Clark, 89, was a two-term Republican state senator from the 49th NC State Senate District which included much of Weaverville, North Buncombe and Woodfin.

“Clark previously served in the North Carolina State Senate from 1995-1996 and 1997-1998,” according to information found on The page went on to state, “Clark earned his B.S. in business administration from Western Carolina College in 1953 and his ME.d. from Western Carolina University in 1969. His professional experience included working at the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, sales and sales marketing at Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company, president of Georgetown Food Mart Incorporated and president of Walnut Cash & Carry Incorporated in Madison County.”

Jerry Green, current chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party, told the Tribune, “He was a great patriot and he stayed faithful and loyal to the cause. He was a good man and he will be missed.”
Upon learning of his passing, several people left their thoughts of Clark on the post announcing his death.

Weaverville Town Councilwoman Dottie Sherrill said, “Rest in peace, Mr. Clark. Thanks for your service to North Carolina.”

“Prayers for the family. I worked for RL at Walnut Cash and Carry. [He was a] wonderful man,” said Diana Hyde.

Betty Jackson said, “So very sad to learn this. RL was one of, probably the best, guy we’ve ever had from our area. He could be counted on to understand all the angles and manipulations and speak the truth right in the face of opposition, even if they were ostensibly friendly. And though he was persecuted for his stand, he never gave in to hatred. I admire him immensely and am grateful for the encouragement he gave to me personally. Love and prayers to all the family.”

As of press time, no details of arrangments had been released.

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