Pictured: Roy Clark and Jim Hartz in 2005 when Clark served as Will Rogers Days Parade grand marshal. Hartz, longtime Will Rogers Memorial Commission Chairman, is a Tulsa and New York newsman and lives in Virginia.

Roy Clark was a member of Country Music Hall of Fame, perhaps best known for being a Hee Haw co-host for more than 20 years and one of the most popular country music artists in the world.

Clark died Thursday, Nov. 15. 2018, 13 years after serving as the 2005 Will Rogers Days Parade grand marshal and receiving the Will Rogers Spirit Award from the Will Rogers Rotary Club of Tulsa. He visited the Will Rogers Memorial Museum on parade day.

Will Rogers often said, despite becoming a superstar of his time, that he was still “an old country boy.”

On parade day when Clark visited the Museum and was greeted by staff and Memorial Commission Chairman Jim Hartz and said his biggest attribute was he was still “plain old Roy.”

People worldwide have been paying tribute to the 85-year-old who had made Tulsa his home more than 40 years. Accolades came from Jana Jae, fellow musician and fiddle player, who appeared on stage at the Memorial Museum during the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club celebration Nov. 3.