C. Champ Clark
Charles Champ Clark was a native of Rich Valley, Virginia. The 1970 Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame inductee was a standout lineman on the football field during his collegiate days.
Clark was a force on the gridiron and helped the Wasps make an appearance in the Tangerine Bowl in 1950.
Before entering college, Clark served the United States of America in World War II and received a Purple Heart. While at Emory & Henry, he also served as president of honor court and was selected to Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities.
Clark was a farmer by trade. He served as chairman of various boards, including the Smyth County Democratic Committee, Smyth County Management Association, and the Bank of Marion. He also served on the town council for Chilhowie for 16 years and was a member of the Emory & Henry College Board of Visitors.
C. Champ Clark passed away at the age of 68 on September 11, 1994.