Tommy Warren K. “Bopper” Clark
Class of 1993
Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, 2000
Warren “Bopper” Clark played tennis most of his life teaching his three children to play as well. In 1974, the Clark family was named the Tennessee Tennis Family of the Year. As a senior player, Clark won several Tennessee championships and Tennessee Valley Invitationals in both singles and doubles. A highlight of Clark’s tennis game came in 2004 and again in 2008 winning Bronze balls in the National Super Senior Father-Daughter Championships with his daughter Kappie Clark Boles (Class of 2011). His community service included many hours with organizations such as the Chattanooga Civitan Club SE, Alabama Entrepreneurs Association, Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Chapter National Microfilm Association, Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, and Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. Clark spent countless unpaid hours teaching players of all ages who were just getting started in tennis. Many of his peers describe him as “one of the greatest masters of the game.”
From 1944 to 1946, Clark served as an Able Seaman with the U. S. Merchant Marines during World War II. In 1950, Clark earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and then served from 1950-1953 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1966, Clark founded a graphics company and then later joined Precision Graphics in 1977. In 2009, Clark retired after 43 years in the graphics business.
Kappie Clark remembers that her father enjoyed the exercise and success that tennis brought to him, but he especially enjoyed the many friendships he made playing tennis. She recalled that he learned from tennis to never give up. One of his greatest tennis mentors was John Guerry (Class of 1996).
William K. “Bopper” Clark died on February 22, 2014.