Theda Wills Clarke of Roanoke died Sept. 5

Article Image Alt Text


Theda Wills Clarke of Roanoke passed away peacefully at her daughter Kathy’s home on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.Theda was 87 years old.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. “Kicker” Clarke; parents, Roy and Ruth Wills; brother, Kenneth E. Wills; sister and brother-in-law, Millie and James Trent; nephew, Michael Wills; and her beloved fur baby, Cody.

The youngest of three children, Theda grew up in Garden City where she was a life-long member of Garden City Baptist Church. After meeting the love of her life, Kicker Clarke, Theda moved to her happy place, Natural Bridge Station. She was happiest when working in “the Store” with Kick, raising her two daughters and attending their activities. After losing her beloved husband and retiring from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Correctional Education, she returned to Roanoke to be closer to family.

Theda’s first project was to install a swimming pool in her backyard. Theda and her sister, Millie, worked tirelessly to create a beautiful haven for any and all visitors. Theda took pride in her flower garden and landscaping around her home. It was a joy to visit, whether for a pool party, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner. Her home was the gathering place for family and loved ones. Theda created a warm and welcoming atmosphere. So much so, that at the age of 95, her mother, Grandma Ruth, came to live with her. Grandma Ruth lived to be 109 years old. There is no doubt the excellent care Theda provided contributed to her longevity.

Theda loved spending time at the lake with family, enjoying cookouts, and watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting, crafting, and family gatherings

When Theda decided to downsize, she moved to the Friendship Retirement Community. Her decision influenced her sister, Millie, to move there as well. Together they were active participants and travelers. Theda and Millie were affectionately known as “The Go Go Girls” by friends in the community. When health concerns slowed them down, they continued to be best friends until Millie passed away in 2018.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Sheila (Bill) Tyree and Kathy (Tim) Bucks; granddaughters, Tera Addair, Kristin (Chad) Conner, and Morgan Bucks and boyfriend Jacob; grandsons, Michael (Lindsay) Helsel, Tracy (Teresa) Tyree, and Kevin (Kim) Tyree; great-grandchildren, Britin and Kenzie Witt, Aiden and Lily Addair, Billy and Tucker Conner, Caroline Helsel, Joseph Tyree, Brittany (Brandon) Tolley, Jared (Jessica) Gray, Billy (Kaitlin) Tyree, and Megan (Hannah) Tyree; a number of loving great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Lila Wills. There are numerous other very special relatives she leaves to cherish her memory as well. Theda leaves a very special loving friend, Marvin Hall. Also surviving are Theda’s grand fur babies, Louie, Riley, Clarke, Bama, and Maggie.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel. Graveside services will be conducted by retired pastor Jay Fields at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at GlasgowCemetery in Glasgow.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements were by Oakey’s Funeral Service – Vinton Chapel, Vinton.


The News-Gazette

The News-Gazette Corp.
P.O. Box 1153
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 463-3113

Email Us

Facebook Twitter