MSgt William H. Clark, age 85, of Beaufort passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. William, better known as “Bill,” was born in Bengal, Kentucky in 1938. The oldest of four children, Bill spent much of his youth working in tobacco fields and other jobs to help support the family.\n\nAt the age of 16 years old, Bill met the love of his life, Dorothy. After courting her in her family’s living room for three years, her watchful parents always near-by, he eventually received their blessing and made Dorothy his bride on Christmas Day of 1957.\n\nShortly thereafter, the young couple relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina, where Bill had received orders as a newly enlisted active duty service member in the United States Marine Corps. In 1971, they settled in the Shell Point area, putting down roots while raising their two daughters and attending Shell Point Baptist Church, where he holds the honor of Deacon Emeritus.\n\nIn the USMC, MSgt Clark served in Vietnam, and completed three tours as a Drill Instructor aboard the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. After removing the campaign cover, he was stationed at MCAS Beaufort, where he served with VMFA-333 as an aircraft mechanic, maintaining F-4 fighter jets, until his retirement from the US Marine Corps in 1978.\n\nFor his second career, Bill worked for Gulfsteam Aerospace where he completed retirement number two. From that day forward, you could usually find him pursuing the other love of his life: the Largemouth Bass. There was little that Bill enjoyed more than cruising along the Combahee and Savannah Rivers in his bass boat, a hot cup of black coffee in one hand and a fishing pole in the other.\n\nBill is preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 66 years, Dorothy Clark, who passed away only eight days before him. He is survived by his daughter Darla Byers (Robert), daughter Debra Hoffman (Mark), sisters Mary Jones and Kathleen Myers, brother James Clark (Beverly), granddaughter Billie Shoemaker, grandsons Nicholas Hoffman (Alexandria) and Wm. Kyle Hoffman (Jennifer), and great-granddaughter Ryann Hoffman. \n\nThe many family members and friends who held Bill dear will carry forward the legacy of his warmth, guidance, and enduring love. Visitation will be held for both Bill and Dorothy on Monday, January 29 at 11:00am, at Shell Point Baptist Church in Beaufort. Funeral services are to immediately follow at 12:30pm. Burial with military honors to be held at the Beaufort National Cemetery at 2:00pm.