Obituary of Juanita "Toni" Leona Aldridge Clark
Juanita "Toni" Leona Aldridge Clark, 84, of Kingsport was reunited with her parents, siblings, and husband on September 24, 2023 after a brief illness. She lived a life filled with family, deep friendships, and lots of adventure.
Born July 5, 1939, in Caretta, West Virginia, to Waits Molton “Pa” and Sophia “Ma” Aldridge, Toni grew up with her siblings Pete, Ruth, Frank, Bill, and Carolyn. She graduated high school in Tazewell, Virginia and then moved to Washington D.C.
While working in Washington D.C., Toni met Roger Clark of Castlewood, Virginia and they were married in 1963. They made their home in Kingsport, Tennessee, and were blessed with three amazing children – Kevin, Linda, and David. Through her actions, Toni left a legacy for her children, nieces, and nephews including to always make time for togetherness, to be kind and have a smile for anyone, and to live life to the fullest because today is what you make it.
Throughout her life, Toni volunteered for many organizations, giving her time freely to the American Red Cross, Cub Scouts, Contact Concern, and Andrew Johnson Elementary School. She also shaped the lives of many children by serving as a teaching assistant in the area of special education.
Toni is survived by her three children; Kevin Clark (special friend Katherine), Linda Dohnal (Chris), and David Clark (Mary Katherine); grandsons, Lucas, Garrett, and Miles Dohnal, and Grant and Elliott Clark; nieces and nephews, Billy (special friend Lisa), Rob, and Jeff Aldridge (Dana), Pam Darby (Robert), and Angie Aldridge Whitt (Barry), Diane Nunley Roper, Donald Nunley, and Debbie Simmons who she thought of as grandchildren. She will be remembered by countless friends throughout the community, including special friends who spanned the decades.
Please join us as we remember Toni on Sept. 29, 2023. Visitation is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Kingsport, 200 West Church Circle, Kingsport, Tennessee, with a service beginning at 6 p.m. A reception will follow at the church and will offer the chance to remember a life so very well-lived. As a way to remember Toni, the family asks that you wear a pop of red – her favorite color – to her celebration service. Flowers are welcome or you may donate in her name to a charity of your choosing.
On Sept. 30, 2023, at 10:30 am Toni will be laid to rest at Hamlett Dobson Memorial Park formerly East Tennessee Cemetery, 2630 Hwy. 75, Blountville, TN with a graveside service. Pallbearers are her sons, Kevin and David Clark, son-in-law Chris Dohnal, nephews Billy, Rob, Jeff Aldridge,Robert Darby and Barry Whitt. Honorary pallbearers are her five grandsons. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:15 am.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Kingsport is serving the Clark family.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Juanita Clark, please visit Tribute Store