Charles "Fred" Clark

Charles Frederick "Fred" Clark, Sr., 95, passed away at the Rickman Nursing Facility in the Western North Carolina Baptist Retirement Home on May 11, 2009. Mr. Clark was born in Asheville on May 22, 1913, to Herman Coyle Clark and Blanche Miller Clark. He was preceded in death by his wife, and sweetheart of over 69 years, Sara Frances (Frankie) Creasman Clark, and his son, Charles Frederick Clark, Jr. He is survived by a son, William H. Clark and his wife, Barbara, and by four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. Prior to World War II Mr. Clark was a Corporal, and a Company Bugler, in Troop K, 109th Cavalry, in the North Carolina National Guard. During WWII he served as a civilian mechanic with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Returning to Asheville in 1946, he opened Clark's garage at 8 Brooks St., Biltmore, and ran his shop until retiring in 1986. He was a member of Abernethy United Methodist Church, Royal Arcanum, Mount Herman Masonic Lodge, Spruce Pine Moose Lodge, and the North Carolina Independent Garage Owners Association. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806. The family wishes to thank the staff at Rickman Nursing Facility, especially Mrs. Jewel Sanford, for their loving care given to Mr. Clark while he resided there. A graveside service will be held at Lewis Memorial Park on Beaverdam Rd. at 1:00p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009 with Reverend Tony Sayer officiating. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave,. is assisting with arrangements.

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  1. Bill, Ken, And The Entire Clark Family,

    I was deeply saddened when I learned of ‘Pop”s passing. Fred was a wonderful human being and I’ll always remember and treasure his friendship. Try to take comfort in the fact that he is now with Frankie and in the presence of our Maker…we will see them both again! If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to call. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May God Bless You All. Love, Scott

  2. I’ll meet you in the morning over there’, That is how I feel Fred can say now to his beloved wife Frankie. Their memories are every lasting in my mind. I growed up around Spruce Pine Lodge and remembered Fred very well. My dad John Swann and my mom Zeliah were all good friends of Frankie & Fred. They both have been greatly missed. They are in a greater place with my dad. Fred’s kind voice & smile will be missed. His celebration of life was a joy to know! May God Bless and comfort you all. Nancy

  3. Dear Family,
    Please accept our condolences for the loss of the man I always knew as ‘my GREAT uncle Fred.’ My earliest memories are of the excitement if going to his garage when visiting. His patient, loving voice as everything was questioned.
    His gracious nature was ever present, his Love for his family, friends, customers and fellow man an example to us all. I can only strive to follow his example and look forward to being reunited one day.

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