April 3, 1931 ~ October 6, 2011

Born in: Lenoir, NC,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Jack Claude Clark, 80, of Arden, passed away surrounded by his family on October 6, 2011 at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. He was born in Lenoir, NC to the late Charlie and Mamie Bell Clark. He was preceded in death by five brothers; Horace, Maynard, Eugene, William Archie and Calvin (CE) and five sisters; Edith, Ruth, Laura, Mary Lou and Sadie. Mr. Clark was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where he was stationed mostly in Manchester, England and received a National Defense Service Medal. After college, he enjoyed a teaching career. Later, he went to work for the U.S. Government, first for the U.S. Forest Service and eventually retiring from the Oteen V.A. Medical Center. He was also a member of the DAV Chapter 84. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling across America exploring it's rich history and beauty. However, he loved the Blue Ridge Mountains more than any other place in the world. Mr. Clark is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Jimmie Clark and his beloved children; son, Michael Clark; daughter, Susan Gillam and her husband, Jeff; daughter, Judy Mitchell and her husband, Mark and daughter, Leilani Robbins. He was a proud "Papaw" to two grandchildren, Amber Moore and her husband, Sam and Justin Gillam and two great grandsons, Phoenix Gillam and Weston Moore. All are from Buncombe County. Also surviving is a brother, Jerry Clark and his wife, Lois of Granite Falls; a sister, Nora Cline of Marion and numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors and close friends. A funeral service will be held at 12:30, Monday, October 10, 2011 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Reverend Ben Holmes officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with military honors performed by Disabled American Veterans Chapters 84 & 6 of Taylorsville, NC. Memorial donations may be made to "Pay It Forward Food Pantry", Fairview Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2460, Lenior, NC 28645 or to DAV Chapter 84, 582 Carrigan Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.

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  1. Jimmie and family, I just want you to know how sorry I was to hear that Jack had passed.He & all of his family has been in my thoughts and prayer’s as will I continue to do so.He was a ‘special’ teacher at Menlo.Our class reunion’s won’t be the same without him. May God continue to bless each of you.

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  2. My condolences to your family for your loss. You all have so many precious memories to keep and cherish. Wrapped in every memory is the love that will carry you through each and every day. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time.

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God bless you and comfort you during this time of the loss of your dear one.
    Sincerely,
    Sharon Young (BOA)

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  4. Jimme & Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you all, We so fondly remember the kindness you & Jack showed us on our trip to see all for the reunion,. You were truly blessed to have a loving & kind partner in life. we love you all & he will surely be missed. Love, Caren Sarah & Robin .Dames, Cox & Campos.

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  5. Susan~ I just want you and your family to know how very sorry I am for your loss. You are all in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time.

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  6. I’m so glad mom, Caren and I were able to make it to the last family reunion and to spend time with Uncle Jack and Aunt Jimmie. Our condolences to the entire family at this sad time. God is good and we will see Uncle Jack and Grandma (Edith) again some day.

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  7. Jimmy,Judy,Mark and family ,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Love,
    Tom and DeeDee

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  8. I’ll miss you, Pop. You are like a father to me, and I will always cherish the time I had with you and all your good advice. I can’t believe we won’t be able to finish our talk we were having the night before you left to go into the hospital. You’re not just my father-in-law, but a huge part of a support system that I thought was unbreakable. I value the times I was able to be there when you needed me to help you fix something. I will always remember your smile and enthusiasm when I did something as simple as putting new wiper blades on your truck. It gave me a wonderful feeling to help you and please you. Pop, you passed away exactly twenty seven years to the day that you gave your baby daughter’s hand to me to be my wife. I will be forever grateful to you, because without you I would not have my soul mate. I see so much of you in her personality. You will live on for us through her. You left us much too soon. I’ll always miss and love you, Pop.

    Mark

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  9. Mike,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I’m sure he left you many wonderful memories. Some day we will all meet again in heaven.

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