Melvia Laronial Clark

August 29, 1961 ~ August 6, 2022 (age 60)


Melvia Laronial Clark was born on Tuesday, August 29, 1961 at 5:25 p.m. to Helen B. Robinson and Frank A. Clark in Marvell, Arkansas.  Melvia peacefully entered eternal rest with his sisters by his side on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Melvia’s life would seem short to many, but to those of us who were blessed to be touched by him understand that his existence and the imprint that he left on our hearts exceeded the quantity to time that he stayed here.

Melvia was raised in a Christian home where attending church was not a question asked, but was instilled.  He accepted Christ as his Savior at a young age and was baptized under the leadership of Reverend E. W. Washington and became a member of St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in Turner, Arkansas.  Melvia was a member of the youth devotion team and choir.  Being the oldest, he was often responsible for getting his siblings to church on time when their mother would have to be at work on Sunday mornings.

Melvia attended Marvell Public Schools and graduated from High School on Friday, May 18, 1979.  On October 23, 1979, he enlisted into the United States Army and completed his Basic Training at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama.  Melvia traveled to different duty stations including Germany.  His last duty assignment was at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington where he was Honorably Discharged from the Army on October 22, 1982.  Melvia’s military decorations included the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Expert Qualification Badge.  Also achieving the rank of SP4 (E-4).  Melvia returned home to Marvell for a short time.  He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska and began to live civilian life with his many family members of the Starks Family.  Melvia worked various jobs.  However, the job he enjoyed most was working on cars.  You could see him taking out his gloves and begin working on not only his car, but also cars that belonged to family and friends; being sure to never get a drop of oil or oil stain on anything.

On February 14, 2000, Melvia married Paige Devers with child, Marlon Devers.  This marriage lasted for twenty-two (22) years.  After spending over twenty (20) years in Nebraska, Melvia returned to Arkansas in December of 2009.  He worked various jobs with his last occupation being with LSO Delivery Service.  Melvia would always be at work well before his start time.  It didn’t matter if the weather was sunny, raining, sleeting, or snowing.  The sleet or snow never phased him; because he would say that he knew how to drive in it – from driving up North.

Melvia was predeceased by his father:  Predell Colemon; his mother:  Helen Colemon; his grandson: KenDrae Snoddy, Jr.; his maternal grandparents:  Oceola and Frank Foster; his paternal grandparents:   Pearlie and Roosevelt Clark; his in-laws:  Mable and Esaw Devers; his niece:  Mone’t Lewis; and many other family members. 

He is survived by his wife:  Paige Devers Clark of Omaha, Nebraska; his children:  Melvia Wright of Lincoln, Nebraska; Marlon (Shanta) Devers of Omaha, Nebraska; and Barbie Flowers of Omaha, Nebraska; his father:  Frank A. Clark of Salinas, California; his grandchildren:  Jayden Morin/Wright; Tayvone Perry; Darius L. Stoki; Tyran A. Adams; Kenyon J. Adams; and Miracle Stoki; all of Lincoln, Nebraska; his brothers and sisters: Frank Clark of Chicago, Illinois; William (Mia) Colemon; Rawley Colemon; Johnny (Angela) Coleman; all of Atlanta, Georgia; Selethia (Jarrell) McCall of Lonoke, Arkansas; and Joy Stotts of North Little Rock, Arkansas; in-laws:  Essie Miller; Barbara Chaney; Kay Devers; Toni Devers; Jerry Chaney; and Mark (Annie) Devers; all of Omaha, Nebraska.  Melvia is also survived by seven (7) aunts, four (4) uncles, twenty (20) nieces and nephews and many, many cousins and friends.

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August 19, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holloway-Gage Funeral Home
844-B N. Sebastian Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72390

Celebration of Life
August 20, 2022

12:00 PM
Branch Missionary Baptist Church
7285 Highway 1 South
Holly Grove, AR 72069

Interment with Military Honors
August 20, 2022

Branch Baptist Church Cemetery
7285 Highway 1 South
Holly Grove, AR 72069

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