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Obituary for Reuben Byron Clark
REUBEN BYRON CLARK Reuben Byron Clark, 94, died August 2, 2014 in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida following a short illness of pneumonia. The service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Christian Heritage Church, 2810 Sharer Rd., Tallahassee. Visitation will be held one hour prior to time of the service. A private interment will be held after the service at Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, near Greensboro. A former resident of Hardaway, he was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Sunday Clark, his parents, Reuben Sevier Clark and Ellen Poythress Clark, infant sister, Mary Lucile Clark and son-in-law, Edward "Eddie" Craig. Mr. Clark was born January 31, 1920 in Hardaway, Gadsden Co., FL and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1941. During those years, he became active in the Future Farmers of American (FFA) and in 1941, he had the honor of becoming the first young man in Gadsden County to receive the American Farmer Degree. During WW II, Byron served with the US Army Air Corp., 451st Bombardment Group, in Foggia, Italy. After a farming career, Mr. Clark began employment at Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Quincy in January 1953 and retired as Purchasing Agent 32 years later. Prior to their move to Tallahassee in 1973, Byron and Emily enjoyed family farm living in Hardaway. He was a member of Christian Heritage Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Since 2003 Byron was a resident at Broadview Assisted Living Center where he thoroughly enjoyed retirement living and spending time reminiscing about the earlier days of his life. Byron wrote many stories of his remembrance of life growing up in rural Gadsden County during the Depression years. He was a charter member of the West Gadsden Historical Society. He is survived by three daughters: Nancy Emily & Bob Flournoy of Quincy, Linda Ellen & James A. Smith of Dogtown, and Judith Anne Craig of Macon, GA; three grandchildren, Kevin Byron Craig & wife Amie of Macon; Edward Thomas Craig and fianc̩e Tara Johns of Perry, GA; and Emily Arlene Craig of Madison, AL; two great grandchildren, Molly Grace and Carson Craig of Macon; and sister-in-law Catherine Sunday Hunt of Pensacola, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Gadsden Historical Society, P. O. Drawer D, Greensboro, FL 32330. Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 South Jackson St., Quincy, FL, (850)627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.