Virginia Bessie Mikels Clark

Nov 05, 2013

WAYNESVILLE — Virginia Bessie Mikels Clark, 92, of Waynesville passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Autumn Care Center. She was a native of Jackson County.

Virginia retired from the business office of Western Carolina University. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Sylva, where she served as elder and clerk of session. She was active in the American Red Cross, the Sylva Garden Club and the United Christian Ministries. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Hattie  Hall Mikels. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald Ray Clark; a brother, Roy Mikels; and a granddaughter, Holly Marie Clark.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna Mason of Waynesville; two sons, Mike Clark and his wife Lynda of Cullowhee and Harold Clark and his wife Tammie of Hayesville; one sister, Thelma Olt of New Jersey; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at Keener Cemetery. The Revs. Bill Serjak and Dave Whitesides officiated. The family received friends from 3 until 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church after the service.

The family would like to say thank you to the staff of Autumn Care Center for the love and compassion shown to our loved one for the last eight years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Christian Ministries, 3 Skyland Drive, Sylva NC 28779 or First Presbyterian Church, 46 Presbyterian Drive, Sylva NC 28779.

Melton Funeral Home handled arrangements. An online registry is available at