Roy Clark — the late singer and musician best known for co-hosting Hee Haw, will be remembered at a Celebration of Life service this week; Clark died on Thursday (Nov. 15) due to complications from pneumonia.
While friends, family and fellow performers will gather on Tuesday (Nov. 20) to celebrate Clark, the public will be able to honor the musician in a ceremony taking place at Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on Wednesday (Nov. 21) at 11:00 a.m. CT.
The family has asked that contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in lieu of flowers. Clark headlined a golf tournament for St. Jude’s for many years, where a floor was named in his honor.
“I see a lot of celebrities come to St. Jude, and you know what’s in a person’s heart by how they entertain the children,” said hospital CEO David McKee in a statement. “He was truly touched by the kids, not the cameras.”
Many years ago, Clark agreed. “I’ve just been so blessed in my life,” he said. “It would be a sin for me to sit there and not share it, and not do something to help others.”
The service will be streamed at rhema.org and on Rhema Bible Church’s Facebook page. Clark, a multi-instrumentalist who became a household star thanks to a 20-year stint as the co-host (along with Buck Owens) of prime time country variety show Hee Haw — the longest-running syndicated show in TV history — is credited with being one of the first artists to cross over from the country to pop charts, while also popularizing Branson, Missouri as a live music destination.