August 14, 1944 ~ November 16, 2020

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Eddie Arnold Clark, 76, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Letch and Haddie Clark, brothers Paul and Tom, and sisters Maude King, Gladys King and Glada King.

Eddie was a lifelong resident of the Leicester area and a 1962 graduate of Leicester High School. Eddie was involved with the Erwin and Leicester Youth Leagues for more than 40 years. He was a baseball umpire and attended several Southeastern games and World Series Youth games.

He was an avid golfer and loved to play several times a week with his golfing buddies and loved to watch golf on tv. He was a NASCAR fan and an all around sports fan both of college and professional leagues.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local 61 and retired from ABF Freight Systems in 2000. He loved to be around his family and friends, and loved spending time with his grandkids and dog Coal.

Eddie is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joyce; son, Eddie, Jr.; daughter, Karen Redmon (Dean); grandchildren, Jake and Anna Clark, and Derek Lamb; brother, Bill Clark; special nephew, Billy (Bub) Clark (Connie); and several nieces and nephews, and a very special Poodle dog, Coal.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Newfound Rd., Leicester, NC. The Rev. Billy Clark will officiate. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family will meet and greet friends after the service. Masks are preferred.

The family would like to thank the staff on 4th Floor ICU Mission Hospital for their loving care and support of Eddie.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: November 21, 2020 1:00 pm

Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery
Newfound Road
Leicester, NC 28748


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Joyce and family, I am so sorry for your great loss. This is such a hard thing to go through, especially under these circumstances. Love and prayers for all.

  2. We’re so sorry for your loss. It was a joy to have Eddie pop in and have a cup of coffee or trade a jar of hot peppers. May y’all find comfort and peace.

  3. Karen, I’m sorry to hear about your Daddy. I will be continuing to pray for you and your family during this difficult time. I love you my friend.

  4. Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know him when I worked at Local 61. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Joyce, Eddie, Karen and family,

    Barbra and I extend our deepest sympathies. I have so many great memories of coaching and umpiring with Eddie. I always enjoyed talking sports with him. He was involved with Erwin sports in so many ways; as coach, chain crew member, umpire, clock operator, dad and fan. Many of the baseball umpires have shared favorite stories and memories of Eddie over the last few days. We will miss him.

  6. What a great friend loved to call me shipman had lot of good times together playing golf beat him once wanted to know if I called Travis on way home umpired together when I got injured a few times he would show up at my house to check on me when my house caught on fire he was there he will be sadly missed but will see him again someday thanks for the memories

  7. Joyce and Karen
    My heart goes out to you and so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord keep you both in his arms. Love to you Joani Osley

  8. We are sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. He was a friend and spent many mornings drinking coffee with Mike and men at the shop. Good times together!
    Know he will be missed. Prayers for all of the family.

  9. Uncle Eddie you will be missed by our family and the whole community in which you touched with you kindness Love you and I will see you again on the other side.

  10. What a loss to everyone he touched. Eddie was always there to help me at my store. He was a true friend and will be missed by me every day. I’m so sorry for Joyce and the kids. He was so proud of his family .

  11. I first met Eddie in 2014 when I was invited by Jack Teague to join the Wednesday golf group. I always looked forward to seeing him and greatly enjoyed the several rounds when we were in the same foursome. Everything I knew about Eddie told me he was the kind of man we should all try to be. We will miss him every Wednesday for a very long time to come.

  12. Dear Joyce & Family
    Neil and I were so sad to hear of Eddie’s passing. We will always remember Eddie for his dedication for the young people of the Erwin District. We all respected him and admired both you & Eddie for your hard work. You two helped to raise many of our children.
    God is by your side during this sad time and he will help you, Little Eddied & Karen through it all.
    Our Love & Prayers
    Neil & Delores Thagard

  13. Joyce and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Eddie. I know words can not explain the heavy hearts you’re feeling. What we can cling to is the comfort and grace God provides for us daily. Eddie’s laughter will be missed but the memories not forgotten.
    Love and prayers,
    DJ, Kady, Ruby and Charley Rice



  15. Dear Joyce, Eddie, Karen and family

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Eddie, and hope you know our entire family is grieving with you. The great times we shared together from the Leicester gym to the Erwin ball fields will never be forgotten. To this day when someone slams their ball cap down I immediately get in line and strive to work harder. Man did he teach me a lot. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you during this difficult time and the days ahead and wish peace to you all. Eddie will indeed be missed.

  16. Joyce and family, We were truly sorry to hear of Eddie’s death. He was a fine person and will be missed by so many. We have many memories of the fun times we had in the Youth League and in our homes. We will be unable to attend the service today Burnie has a breathing problem and can’t be in a crowd. God be with all of you

  17. Joyce, Karen and Eddie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Eddie meant so much to me growing up. He was a great mentor to so many of us. My prayers are with you guys and all of the family.

  18. A Papaw like none other. He may have been a man of few words when it came to emotion but his heart was full of love. He may not ask if you needed anything but if you ever did, he gave whatever he had with no expectation. He was truly one in a million. God has another Angel to look after us all.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  19. I am so sorry for the loss of your Father, Eddie. My prayers for your family as your mourn together and try to find comfort memorializing this wonderful man.

  20. William Humes.
    Mrs. Clark, Eddie and Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Coach Clark from the time my family moved to Asheville. He will truly be missed. With love and great admiration for him, A great man has left all of us in a better place.

  21. Joyce and Karen, I just heard about Eddie’s passing and am so very sorry. May our Lord and Savior bless all your family at this time of great loss.


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