Billy Clark was born October 16, 1957 in Albion, Michigan to Odie and Sammie (Bones) Clark. Billy was the fourth of six children. He spent his younger years in Tennessee with his grandparents. There he learned to be an avid fisherman and hunter. He also developed the love of basketball and baseball. He eventually moved back to Michigan in his late teens. It was then that he met the love of his life Ruth McIntosh, who later became his wife. They shared 46 years together.
Billy and Ruth traveled and lived in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, he honed his skills at baseball and played several years for the St. Louis Browns. They eventually moved back to Michigan. Billy also had a love of music. He played the drums and was known in the music world as ‘Billy C’. He played with many local bands at various venues.
Outside of these interests and talents, Billy’s sincerest love was for his family. He liked having family get togethers, hosting cookouts, traveling to visit family wherever they were. Billy even had extended family that he adopted. On February 8, 2023, Billy’s course of life ended. His greatest achievement was his gift of life to others as an organ donor.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Ruth, daughter Duanika Brooks (Eddie). Four grandchildren that he was especially fond of, Eddie Brooks, Emariah Brooks, Eliyah Brooks, and Elayna Brooks. Also special grandchildren Terrance Wimberly, Jamal Watson, and Keon Sharp. His sister Odelle Clark Wallace (Tyrone). Stepbrothers Willie Tabb (Gwen), Carl Tabb, and Jonah Hatley. Stepsister Charlene Tabb. Special dear cousin Vickie Clark. Uncle Walter Clark. Mother-in-law Mary Alexander, sisters-in-law Lisa Mathis, Rebecca Alexander, and brothers-in-law, Robert Grady, Michael Alexander, Mark Alexander, and Jacob Alexander (Whitney). A special brother Thomas Burchfield. He also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sammie Hatley, father Odie Clark, maternal grandparents Edd and Gertie Bones, paternal grandparents William O. and Ollie Mae Clark, brothers, William Edward, Joe Wayman, and John Thomas, sister Melody Lorraine. Two stepsisters Mary Jean Johnson, Virginia L. Robinson. One stepbrother Gerald Tabb. Uncles Roy Clark, Richard Clark, Charles Clark, Odell Clark, Charles Bones, Edd Bones, Jr., Brown Bones, James Bones, and John Bones. Aunts Virginia Sutton, Lucille Emmons, and Mae Bones.
Visitation will be held at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be Friday, February 17, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Arrangements by Bachman Hebble Funeral Service (269) 965-5145. www.bachmanhebble.com