Dr. Louise Jones Clark

April 02, 1944 - August 20, 2021


Obituary For Dr. Louise Jones Clark

Louise Jones Clark, age 77, passed away on August 20 after a short battle with cancer. Her family was by her side.
Louise was born in Cullman, Alabama, to Cecil and Sallie Jones on April 2, 1944. After graduating from Tuscaloosa High School, Louise attended The University of Alabama, where she was awarded a BS in Marketing and a MA in Statistics. In 1969, she accepted a position at Jacksonville State University, where she became the first female faculty member to earn a doctorate by completing her Ph.D. in business at The University of Alabama in 1984. Shortly afterwards, she was promoted to full professor and became the first woman to serve as an academic administrator at JSU when she was appointed associate dean of business.
Louise was a visionary and trailblazer in her lifelong career at Jacksonville State, providing generations with knowledge, guidance and support. She was a strong and loving woman who was many things to many people, including wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, colleague, mentor and advisor/role model. She was loved for her wit, ambition, charm, spunk, and her dedication to both her family and career. As her adoring son Jeff says, “She didn’t know how to be anything but excellent.”
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Terry Leon “Cotton” Clark and son Jefferson Terry Clark of Tuscaloosa; her brother Jefferson Bruce Jones and sister-in-law Kathy Dunston Jones; nephew Christopher Hilliard Jones, wife Joan, and their children Sarah Dianne and Catherine; niece Laurel Jones Greene, husband Patrick, and their children Phillip and Mary Margaret; nieces Galen Jones Hale and Sarah Louise Jones; niece Anneharris Jones Rahe, husband Kurt, and their children Charles Jefferson and Alden Mitchell.
To honor and celebrate the life of this remarkable woman, family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Reception at the Zone at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL on Saturday, September 18. The event will begin at 2:00 pm and last for the duration of the Alabama/Florida football game. In accordance with CDC guidelines and to protect those in attendance, the family requests that only vaccinated individuals attend the event.
To honor her remarkable legacy, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dr. Louise J. Clark Scholarship Fund or the Dr. Louise J. Clark Advising Center at Jacksonville State University. Please contact the executive director of University Development, Bill Nash, for more information at 256-782-5605.

To donate, please use the following link: https://igfn.us/form/UIZeKQ
or Text CLARK to 91999

Compassionate, sympathetic, and professional service has been entrusted to the hands and care of the Northport Funeral & Cremation Service Professional Team.

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  • We are shocked and devastated. Louise is one of the most warm-hearted, fun, energetic and intelligent friends we have and we will miss her terribly. Louise is a fantastic professor of statistics. She achieved great success in her career at JSU but was always a proud Alabama graduate. She never met a stranger and was always so helpful and kind. A great Ambassador for the University of Alabama and JSU. Regardless of how quickly she attained success in her career she loved her son and husband more than life. We loved to hear her updates on her beloved son. She adored Cotton. She loved Tuscaloosa and the Crimson Tide. All love Louise. A true beauty her entire life Louise was old-school South: always a polite Southern gentle woman. Ageless and timeless. A truly bright star will streak across the heavens forever because she will always be sending love to her beloved family. We'll see you soon Louise. We love you dearly. John and Cindy Sneed

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