Clarence Harlen Marks

24 November, 194923 September, 2021

Clarence Harlen "Clay" Marks, age 71, passed unexpectedly but peacefully Sept. 23, 2021.

Clay was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, children, Sheila and Cole (Kaleigh), sister, Kammie and his faithful companions Balto and Bella.

Clay had a long and respected career in the BAS industry, retiring from Trane. Clay was most at home and closest to God in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing & trips to the beach. He fiercely loved his family. We will miss his kind, gentle, loving soul.

A memorial service will be held October 3, 2021 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church Ashland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FBCA, Smyrna Baptist Church or Ashland VFD/Rescue Squad.

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  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, 3 October , 2021


Clarence Harlen Marks

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Robert Gathright

3 October 2021

I met Clarence (Clay) when we were both 6 years old....went to school together from the 1st thru the 12th grade and the first year of college at VT. We all played baseball and football together in high school...Clay was very smart and a great student...I've only seen him a couple of times since college days, but you know, he really hadn't changed hardly at all the way he looked and spoke. My heartfelt regards to his family. He will be missed....

Richard Tilghman

1 October 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to Clay’s family. I worked with him for many years at Trane and he taught me so much about the HVAC controls industry. Clay was a honest man that never held back from helping me…..

Joey Liles

1 October 2021

To Clays’s family.Sad to here of Clay’s passing. I first met him when I joined the hunt club in Buckingham.We wound up working at Trane together for several years.He was a good guy. I have y’all in my prayers.God Bless.Joey Liles

Richard Carter

30 September 2021

I first met Clarence at Goochland High and we played football each year until graduation. He was a fierce competitor and for a relatively little guy didn't back down from anything. We became fast friends and while we lost touch over the years I will never forget him. My prayers and condolences to the family for his passing, I know he left a lot of footprints during his time with us.🙏

Betty Binford Dandridge

30 September 2021

Clay was always so sweet to me. He was a kind friend and we shared so many laughs. I enjoyed competing with him for high grades in Mrs. Johnson's Algebra class.

My deepest sympathy for his family and friends , he was a Special Man. God Bless his loved ones during this difficult time.

Lynda Bunting

30 September 2021

Ruth and family, so very sorry for your loss. Keep all his memories with you and he will live in your heart always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Lynda and Kadyn Bunting

Lydia & Gary Collins

29 September 2021

Our hearts break for you Ruth and Cole! Please know you are in our prayers and here for you! Lean on the Lord with all your strength. He will carry you! Love you!

Marie Cunningham

28 September 2021

Ruth, you are in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. May your faith carry you. With love, Marie

Anne Burry

28 September 2021

Ruth - I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I pray you and your family find comfort in the memories you have of him.
Love and prayers to you always.

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