Funeral services for Dollie Lucille Hughes Clark, 93, of Indian Bayou, Indianola will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery.
Mrs. Clark was the widow of Arthur B. Clark, Jr., Senior Judge of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Court District, and only daughter of the late Lucille and Vaiden H. Hughes, died peacefully on the 28th day of April, 2015.
She was born on February 3, 1922 in the Greenwood Leflore Hospital. In Greenwood she attended and received many honors and awards at Greenwood High School. Thereafter she followed her mother in attendance at the Mississippi State College for Women. She was a member of Hottentots and Lockhearts social organizations, there, as well as featured in the Honors sector of the Meh Lady annual as Most Stylish. She later transferred to the University of Mississippi where she held membership in many organizations, replete with honors including being featured in the Ole Miss annual as one of five Beauties chosen to represent the College.
Following World War II, she and her husband moved to Boston where he attended Harvard Law school, graduating in 1948. When they returned to Mississippi to make their home, she participated in statewide work in fields of visual and literary art. She was noted for her work with the young people, Boys and Girls Scouts as well as her participation in state and national garden club work. Her varied involvement in the civic work continued as one who organized and led social groups throughout the Delta and state.
Mrs. Clark served as a board member of the Mississippi Art Association and on the Northwest Mississippi Girls Scout Council. She was a Governor’s appointee to the Governors Arts Commission. Also she was a charter member and second president of the Town and Country Garden Club and followed her mother’s membership and service in the Greenwood Garden Club.
Additionally, she served as a board member of the Women’s Commission of the Delta Council and was organizing president of the Sunflower County Cotton Wives. She resumed her service in the Garden Clubs of America as its National Gardener Editor for the Mississippi Garden Clubs of America.
In Presbyterian circles, she served as president of the Women of the Church as well as president of the Northwest District of Presbyterian Women of the Church.
Other service work of Mrs. Clark’s includes being named a representative to the Montreat, North Carolina Presbyterian Assembly, a Kanuga Episcopal Church representative in Ashville, NC, a member of the Sunflower County Lady Landowners Association, board member of the Indianola Tree Board and was organizer and charter member of the “Jesters” social organization.
After graduating from the University of Mississippi, she was named a board member of the Chi Omega. While at Ole Miss, she served on the “Pix” honorary commission. Mrs. Clark was the 1942 alternate Maid of Cotton. She made her debut with the Delta Debutante Association Cleveland branch, precursor to the Delta Debutante Association.
Mrs. Clark was featured all (4) four years of her college career in both the MSCW and Ole Miss annuals as a representative beauty and as the Battalion sponsor of the University of Military Officers Corp.
She was a recognized writer of human-interest stories for various publications, including the Greenwood Commonwealth, the Enterprise-Tocsin, and among others in the Clarion Ledger and Commercial Appeal.
Mrs. Clark was a creator, writer and promoter of “Bayou Cuisine-Its Tradition and Transition.” This book sold internationally as well as nationally and though out of print is still in demand. Accolades were received internationally and nationally as well as in editions of the New York’s “Bon Appetite” magazine.
She is survived by her son, Arthur Barnet Clark III of Indianola, 2 grandsons, Vaiden Arthur Clark (Lanier) of Jackson and Robert Pillow Clark (Ashley) of Oxford; 5 great grandchildren, Butler, Laura Vaiden, Conley, Robert, Jr. and Ava Gates.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services in the Parish Hall of the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Judge Arthur B. Clark, Jr. and Arthur B. Clark, Sr. Memorial Scholarship in Law, University of Mississippi Foundation, 481 Chucky Mullins Drive, University, MS 38677.