ROY CLARK DIES AT 85

SOURCE: 2911 Media

TULSA, Okla.Roy Clark, the legendary 'superpicker', GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry  member and co-host of the famed 'Hee Haw' television series, died today  at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa,  Okla. 

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word —  sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest  multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land  singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who  turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark  town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history. 

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his  audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a  fireplace.” “A TV camera goes right through your soul,” says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.  “If you’re a bad person, people pick that up. I’m a firm believer in  smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But  I’ve come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful.” 

Roy  is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at  the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018. Roy is survived by Barbara,  his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr.  Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane  Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb  Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell. 

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

 
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