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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2020, 03:43:05 PM »
Nina-Jo Moore

Was very saddened to hear this news today. I met her when she was at LSU. Always loved her sense of humor and straightforward communication. She will be sorely missed. 💔

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2020, 03:43:25 PM »
Bill Sheffield

Sorry to hear. I remember Candy from her time at LSU.

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2020, 03:43:47 PM »
Michelle Tweedie Canon

Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this. I have great memories of her. It’s always made me feel good having my kids in Fayetteville for school. She was always a force to be reckoned with a mushy heart. Rest In Peace Candy.

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2020, 03:44:22 PM »
Perry Magness

Sorry to hear this.
I was half of her debate team at LSU in the mid 80's.
Great times with her, LeaLea Van Winkle-Gislerand Ron Greene
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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2020, 03:44:43 PM »
Jon K. Parsley

She was funny and witty and smart. I liked her. She will be missed.

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2020, 03:45:08 PM »
Mike Jeffers

She was one of my most influential people in my debate career. She taught me so much and more importantly her kindness and generosity was her greatest gift. Her sense of humor and her insights about life was legendary. She was a fierce spades player and loved Dr. Pepper. I appreciate you Gina for continuing her legacy and being such a good friend. Heaven is a better place now and we have lost a great friend. The memories will always be a gift for all of us.

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2020, 03:45:32 PM »
Tom Q. Ferguson

Those were good days Gina. Was very sorry to see Teddy’s post. And very sorry for your loss of a great mentor.

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2020, 03:47:03 PM »

Candy Clark
October 8, 1956 - December 4, 2020

Obituary for Candy Clark
Candy Clark, 64, of Fayetteville, AR passed away Friday, December 4, 2020 in Fayetteville, AR. She was born October 8, 1956 in Fort Smith, AR to Josephine and Jack Clark.
Candy owned C&C Services and served Washington County as a Justice of the Peace for six years and the City of Fayetteville on its Planning Commission in 2003. She graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1975. She obtained a Bachelor’s in history in 1979 and a Master’s in communications in 1980, both from the University of Arkansas. She coached debate at the University of Arkansas, Emporia State University, and Louisiana State University, where she worked on a PhD. In typical Candy fashion, LSU made her mad about something, so she refused to return to defend her dissertation and never obtained her PhD. She went on to run the debate and forensics program at Missouri State University, formerly Southwest Missouri State. Her leadership as debate coach created a nationally ranked team at Missouri State.
She returned home to Fayetteville and was the first Executive Director of the Humane Society of the Ozarks where she created its successful fundraiser, the Dogwood Walk. Her advocacy for animals continued throughout her life, with her work to make animal cruelty a felony in Arkansas and her support for building the Washington County Animal Shelter when she was a Justice of the Peace. She went on to help establish the Animal League of Washington County and supported it generously.
The list of community organizations she supported with her efforts and philanthropy was endless – the drama program at Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, Peace at Home Family Shelter, Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, Washington County Juvenile Detention Center, Washington County Outdoor Adventure Program for at-risk youth, and GLBT Hotline, to name a few.
In 1998, she met Teddy Cardwell and they founded C&C Services together. Unable to legally marry at the time, they had a commitment ceremony that November. As same-sex marriage was legalized in other states, Teddy decided 2013 would be the year they would marry and they would go to Iowa. Candy said, “I am not getting married in Iowa. That’s the most unromantic state I can think of.” They legally wed on a trip to Ogunquit, Maine in May of that year. Just a year later, Candy performed some of the first same-sex marriages once they were legalized in Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her mother Josephine Clark, brother Jack Clark II, and numerous dogs and cats she considered family.
She is survived by her wife and the love of her life Teddy Cardwell, her beloved dog and cat, Summit and Levi, her niece, Shelby Ramsey (Steve) of Las Vegas, NV, several great-nieces and great-nephews, and too many members of her “family of choice” to list.
Candy was loved by all who knew her. She was passionate, compassionate, brutally honest, and occasionally (or maybe more than occasionally) sarcastic. She was a fiercely loyal friend and mentor to many. She was a lifelong Democrat, but in elected office, earned the respect of both Republicans and Democrats alike. She was giving and selfless. She was a notoriously “big tipper.” It gave her great joy to give to others. We will all miss her big laugh and her larger than life personality.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at a later date when it is safe for everyone that loved her to attend.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Candy Clark Pet Sanctuary at Peace at Home Family Shelter.


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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2020, 03:47:47 PM »
This is Teddy for Candy one last time. I am writing this note with a broken heart. My love, my heart, my miracle, Candy Clark passed away this morning. As many of you know, she had battled health issues for several years.  She is at peace now and no longer in pain.  The world is a much darker place without her.  I will keep you updated through this page of any memorial plans

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2020, 03:49:05 PM »
Glen Strickland

I am so sorry to learn of the death of one of the closest friends I ever had on the collegiate debate circuit. I think the world of her. So very very sad......

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2020, 03:49:58 PM »
Jo Carson

Dear Teddy,
Candy was a fellow college debater and then one of my graduate coaches. My husband and I knew her then as he joined the team after I did and the adventures, laughter and drama were epic. This news takes my breath away. It’s hard to grasp that she would pass-her strength was the stuff of college legend. Candy made such an impression on all of us. You must be very special. And you sound so loving and supportive. Peace be with you and Godspeed to Candy.
Jo & Doug Carson

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Re: Candy Clark
« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2020, 03:51:25 PM »
Gina Lane

I am so sad to hear this news. Candy was the reason I became a college debate coach, as she recruited me to serve as her graduate assistant coach and was always a voice of encouragement. Her spirit will live on in you and all of those whose lives she touched for the better. She will be missed.