George Ed Clark, age 97, of Harold, widower of the late Effie Morrison Clark, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Saint Mary’s Hospital, in Huntington, W.Va.
He was born March 4, 1915, at Amba, a son of the late George W. and Elizabeth Clark.
Along with his wife and parents, George was preceded in death by two brothers, Garland and Joe A. Clark; a sister, Dorothy Morrison; and a son-in-law, Randall Coggins.
He is survived by a son, Eddie (Rosemary) Clark, of Harold; a daughter, Billie Joyce Coggins, of Harold; two grandsons, Edward (Samantha) Clark and Brian (Michelle) White, both of Harold; a granddaughter, Terra Lynn (Ranjan) Maitra, of Gastonia, N.C.; a great grandson, Steven Clark; three great granddaughters, Rebecca Clark, Layne Maitra and Londyn Maitra; a step-great grandson, Justin (Alyssa) Kidd, of Harold; and a step-great granddaughter, Kayla Kidd, also of Harold; along with a host of many other family members and friends.
Mr. Clark, who was Floyd County’s oldest living World War II veteran, began serving in the United States Army under Gen. George Patton in January 1943, where he was a member of the Battery B 564th Full Artillery Battalion in the 71st infantry division. He was a Full Track Driver Tech for which he was awarded as a marksman and also accumulated several medals including the Bronze Star. He was injured during his service and was honorably discharged from the armed forces in June 1946.
In later years, he was a charter member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 169, at Betsy Layne, where he served as Chaplain, was honored by the Floyd County Judge-Executive with having Nov. 11, 2004, named “George Ed Clark Day” in Floyd County as a tribute to his many years of service, and was awarded as the 2009 Disabled American Veteran of the Year by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He looked very forward to his annual Army reunions in Ohio, where he could reunite with some of his old comrades.
He was a devoted Christian, having been a member of the Vogel-Day United Methodist Church, at Harold, since 1958, where he and his late wife, Effie, were leaders of the youth group. Mr. Clark thoroughly enjoyed his church, the fellowship, and he loved everyone spending time holding many offices in the church, including being the Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School teacher, and sometimes driving the church bus for Vacation Bible School. He really traditionalized Easter every year by attending Sunrise Service (many times being the first one there).
Besides working in the old Harold Commissary, he formerly owned and operated both the Betsy Layne Food Market and Clark’s Dairy Bar. He loved mowing grass (especially on his riverbank) and looked forward every year to putting out his lighted Christmas tree on the banks of the Big Sandy River in front of his house at Harold. George Ed really enjoyed his Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball.
Funeral services for George Ed Clark were held Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Rev. Montie Fugate and Rev. Dennis Love officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens Cemetery, at Ivel.
Pallbearers: Edward Clark, Steven Clark, Jeff Morrison, Steven Morrison, Justin Kidd, John Sword and Ranjan Maitra