John William Clark, age 78, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Clark was born in Ahoskie, NC, on April 22, 1935, a son of the late Dennie Mae Simons and Willie Hill Clark. He worked as an assembly line worker for Carolina Aluminum and later retired from Carolina Billets. John was a member of Ahoskie Free Will Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, Mr. Clark was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife, Eva Christine Hoggard Clark, and by sisters, Willie Mae Casper, and Mabel Baugham; and brothers, Wallace Clark and Bill Clark.
Left to cherish his memory is his niece, whom he thought of as a daughter, Cindy Blythe and her husband, Donnie of Franklin, VA, their children, his ‘grandchildren’, Joshua Blythe and Chelsea Blythe; and his ‘great grandchildren, Rylan and Brysen Blythe. He is also survived by four sisters, Doris Keel, Mildred Weaver, Ellen Barnes, and Sylvia Barnes, and two brothers, Alton Clark and Fred Clark.
John Clark was my mother’s (Paige) uncle. Although he was technically my great uncle I always called him Uncle John. He and Aunt Christine cared for me during my very early childhood years so my mom could go back to work. Although he worked shift work many times, he always made time to play with me when he got home. As I got older I still spent weekends over at Uncle John and Aunt “Teen’s” (as I used to call her before learning to talk well). He taught me how to plow the garden in his backyard. I even tilled up their green onions once thinking it was grass! He didn’t get mad – he only smirked and said don’t tell Aunt Teen and I’ll plant some more. He used to let me climb as high as I wanted in the giant pecan trees in the back yard. We built rabbit trap boxes and set them out down Jernigan Swamp Road in the edges of the woods and fields. After setting traps, he’d take me to the gas station on Main St. to get an RC cola and a pack of nabs were we would sit and talk to Uncle Alton and the other service guys for a spell. He got me my first rabbit named “Limby” cause she ate so many collard leafs. He always joked that we would have her for dinner – but we never did.
I loved Uncle John and Aunt Teen dearly and they will be missed. The Lord has reunited them and I know they are both walking the streets of heaven.
We love you Uncle John.
Mr. John, will never forget ALL the good times with u when I was growing up in Ahoskie. I loved going to your house, as u know. And u tossing me around by both hands. And will always your commitment to the Ahoskie Free Will Baptist church, before u got sick. Mr. John, will never will forget sitting in your home in April 2013 of last year. I WAS SO GLAD TO SEE U AND TALK WITH U. God bless your legacy of loving people.
Prayers for the entire family.
We are so sorry. Prayers and thoughts to the entire family. We love you all.