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James "Watts" Clark

August 6, 1929 - July 8, 2014
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James Watts Clark, age 84, of Jackson passed away on July 8, 2014 after a short illness. He was born August 6, 1929 in Memphis, TN to the late Cornelius C. and Inez Watts Clark. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Pat Summer, of Pelahatchie, MS, and his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Alice Clark, of Jackson. Watts grew up in Pelahatchie, and enjoyed squirrel hunting and fishing with cousins, uncles, and friends. He graduated from Pelahatchie High School in 1947, and in 1951 received a degree in math, with minors in art and physics, from Mississippi College. Combining his love for math and art, Watts pursued a degree in...
James Watts Clark, age 84, of Jackson passed away on July 8, 2014 after a short illness. He was born August 6, 1929 in Memphis, TN to the late Cornelius C. and Inez Watts Clark. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Pat Summer, of Pelahatchie, MS, and his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Alice Clark, of Jackson.

Watts grew up in Pelahatchie, and enjoyed squirrel hunting and fishing with cousins, uncles, and friends. He graduated from Pelahatchie High School in 1947, and in 1951 received a degree in math, with minors in art and physics, from Mississippi College. Combining his love for math and art, Watts pursued a degree in architecture from Georgia Tech. Shortly after arriving in Atlanta, a cousin introduced him to Mary Alice Moss, an elementary school teacher from Raleigh, MS. After a wonderful courtship, they were married on June 25, 1954. Following Watts' graduation in 1955, they moved to Jackson, MS to raise a family and begin his career in architecture.

A true friend to Mississippi's architectural profession and community, Watts practiced architecture for fifty-five years as a principal of Clemmer & Clark Architects, founded in 1959 with his longtime friend, Vance Clemmer. He loved the lifelong pursuit of learning about materials and their artful assemblage into architecture. He was well respected for his keen understanding and attention to detail, and for his willingness to share his gifts and insights with peers, colleagues, and architectural students. His firm designed numerous projects throughout the state, including historic restorations of the courthouses of Smith, Simpson, and Carroll Counties; Briarwood Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church, Ridgeland; 1600 Baptist Medical Building; the new Smith County Courthouse; and numerous projects at the Mississippi School for the Blind, University Medical Center, and various school districts. In addition, his firm served as Associate Architect (with Evans/Eley Architects) for the Addition to the School of Architecture (MSU), and in more recent years, he authored the technical specifications for the New Mississippi Library Commission project in Jackson.

In 1972, Watts served as president of the Mississippi chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and was president of the Mississippi chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) from 1984-1985. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church and later at Christ United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Boards and Boards of Trustees at both churches.

He will be remembered for his pursuit of excellence, his love for family and friends, and for his integrity and honesty. He honored his profession by doing honorable work, and he cared deeply about his family and his faith.

He is survived by his children Jim (Celia) Clark of Ridgway, CO; Joe Clark of Hendersonville, NC; Angela Thompson (John) of Nashville, TN and Emily (Roy) Butts of Madison; he was the beloved "Papa" of grandchildren Clark and Camille Thompson and Anna Jordan, Hayden and Mary Claire Butts, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Wed., July 16, from 5-7 pm at Christ United Methodist Church and again on Thurs., July 17, from 9:30-10:45 am, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 am in the sanctuary. Interment at Pelahatchie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.

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