Avery Leon Clark III

December 26, 1958February 4, 2018

Avery Leon Clark III “Butch”, age 59, passed away Sunday night Feb 4th, 2018 in the comfort of the home he loved so dearly. He often described it as the house the Clampetts moved out of. He was a damn fine figure of a man. The toughest, most intelligent, creative, compassionate, loving, caring, hardworking, stubborn and capable man ever known. There was never a problem he couldn't solve, a situation he couldn't deal with or a book he hadn't read. He was the sweetest daddy, the best “Super Duper” and the most adoring husband. He is survived by his parents Avery Jr. and Suzanne Clark. His siblings Cindy, Steve, Ray, Joe, and Stacy who were never defeated in any school bus fight. His wife, best friend, and center of his universe, P.Jaye; who fell in love with his beautiful blue eyes 40 years ago. His most prized accomplishments, his beautiful and tough children and grandchildren; Annie, John and Adeline, Cari, Avery “Gus” IV, Julie and Nico, and Bonnie Bliss. He also leaves behind a whole mess of treasured nieces and nephews and too many kinfolk and friends to count. He left a hole in all of our hearts but the strength to keep going. He wouldn't want us to hurt or have regrets but just to be happy and take care of each other. “Act like somebody” and always remember Uncle Butch loves you. Receiving of friends will be held Monday, Feb. 19 from 4-6pm at Beulah United Methodist Church 907 Kimberlin Heights Rd. in Knoxville with a service to follow. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, follow the advice of Uncle Butch and “be kind and helpful to one another”. Donations can be made to Beulah United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered at


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February 23, 2018

To the Clark family we are so sorry for your loss and we are praying for your family and send our condolences.

debbie Nelson Porras

February 19, 2018

PJ. I had to work afternoons today.But Im so sorry to hear about Butch.Love each and everyone of you.May God be by your side

Jerry Headrick

February 19, 2018

I did not have the pleasure to have known him But know his Mom and Dad. I send my heart felt thoughts and prayers and I am so sorry for your loss. The Obit touched me and was written with love.

Joe & June O'Mary

February 18, 2018

To Avery and Susie and family.
Joe and I are so sorry to hear about Butch passing away. our hearts go out to you .
we didn't know Butch that well but we know the family and they all are wonderful and caring people.
our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and God will help you get thru this tragic time.

Bud Malmstrom

February 17, 2018

I met Butch in the early 80's at a martial art seminar. He was kind, friendly and passionate. There was something special about him and we hit it off right away. He gave me a knife he said was made by his brother. I have cherished it to this day. We have not seen each other in over 30 years but we have stayed in touch and maintained our friendship. It saddens my heart to hear Butch crossed the great divide...but I will hug his neck on the other side.

February 16, 2018

P. Jaye and family. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Teresa Shoffner (Austin East Café)
Denise Humphrey
Jo Anna Bivens
Monica Nixon
Felecia Lyons
Susie Jordan

Frank Sellars

February 15, 2018

P Jaye,all the kids, Aunt Susie, Uncle Avery and all the cousins Gods Love and Strength to you. Butch I will swim with you again in the small pool behind the boulder on the little pigeon river-that is after a big breakfast at the cabin in the Smokies.

February 15, 2018

P.Jaye and family, Butch sounds like a wonderful man, father, and husband. I am saddened by your loss and will be keeping your family in my prayers in the coming days.
Lee Hodges

Connie Mitchell

February 15, 2018

P. Jaye, I am so sorry for your loss. Butch sounds like such a sweetheart and I know your family is hurting. Prayers for all your family.....

Philip Tharp

February 14, 2018

Mrs. Clark,

I am saddened by the news of your loss. I'll be praying for you.