Tennessee 4-H Dedicates Building in A.C. Clark’s Honor
by Charles Denney

He was a gentleman with a passion for agriculture and took great pride in the potential for Tennessee’s youth to grow through 4-H. Now the recreation hall at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville is named in his honor.

The A.C. Clark Recreation Hall was dedicated May 1, 2018, in a special ceremony. The facility is named for the late supervisor of the former Extension District IV, which is composed of fifteen of the counties in the Cumberland District. A.C. Clark passed away in 2017 at the age of ninety-four, and many of his family members, a number of Institute people, and retirees from the Cumberland District were on hand to pay tribute to this man who was so deeply admired. The dedication was held during a Cumberland District retirees’ meeting. Clark’s picture is now featured in the recreation hall, and his name is on a sign out front. In addition to serving the Cumberland District for UT Extension, Clark became Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture after his retirement from the university. He was also a UT Board of Trustees member and served on boards for the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, and the 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame.

Clark was born in Clay County in 1922 and was married to Katherine Terry Clark for sixty-eight years.

At the age of nineteen, he enlisted in the US Army, and served with the Forty-fifth Division of the 179th Infantry in Europe and Africa during World War II. He received the Purple Heart with the oak leaf cluster and three Bronze Stars for his exemplary service.

After returning home, Clark earned degrees at Tennessee Tech and UT and started his career as a 4-H agent in Putnam County in 1948. He was appointed district supervisor in 1962 and helped establish the Clyde York 4-H Center for youth in his home area.

Katherine Terry Clark and the new A.C. Clark Recreational Hall sign 
 A.C. Clark’s wife of 68 years, Katherine Terry Clark, stands beside the new sign of a building dedicated in May
in her late husband’s honor and memory. The recreation hall is part of the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville,
and is both highly popular with 4-H campers and a fitting remembrance of a dedicated 4-H supporter.
Photo courtesy of Jenny Yeary.