Oldest-Known Survivor Of 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Laid To Rest In Texas


Saturday, May 26th 2012, 4:58 pm
By: News On 6


The oldest-known survivor of the Tulsa race riots was laid to rest Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Otis "Dad" Clark was 109 years old. He died Sunday.

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Clark was just 18 during the 1921 riot, when Greenwood burned and hundreds of people died.

He told News On 6 he remembered dodging gunfire and believed his stepfather was killed in the riot because he never saw him again after the rioting began.

A local memorial service for Clark, along with a ceremony marking the 91st anniversary of the riot, is planned for 11 a.m. on May 31 at Greenwood Christian Center, 1519 W. Pine St.

"He had such positive aspects about life and about relationships and the value of people," said Bishop Gary McIntosh, Greenwood Christian Center.

Read Otis Clark's obituary

After the riot, Clark moved to California, where he worked for movie stars like Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin. Clark and his wife lived in Joan Crawford's home. He was the butler, and she was the cook.

But he was known for his work for the church, always on a missionary trip and always making people smile.

"Was a great man of faith, was a man of positive relationships, and love for living," McIntosh said.