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Johnny Clark

Published 6:03am Friday, May 10, 2013

June 30, 1951 –

May 3, 2013

Johnny Clark, 61, departed this life on May 3, 2013, at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare in Tallahassee, Fla.

Funeral services for Johnny Clark, 61, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Greater Love COGIC in Tallahassee, with Elder Terry L. Price officiating. Burial will be in Jonas Lobe Cemetery in Bainbridge, with Roy Albert, Curtis Scott, Henry Powell, Moses Warren and Carlos Williams acting as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Clark, Douglas Clark, Douglas Clark Jr., Adam Jakes Jr., Charles Sterling and Joseph Tolliver III.

Mr. Clark was the firstborn son of the late John H. Clark and Catherine McCarter Clark, born in Donalsonville, Ga., on June 30, 1951.  He grew up in Tallahassee, Fla., and attended the public schools of Leon County.

After leaving Leon High School, he entered the Job Corps to earn his GED and receive training in the construction industry. As a union member, he helped to build the Northwood and Tallahassee Malls, as well as residential houses, apartments, commercial offices and buildings, including the Florida capitol building. He relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla. later in his working career where he worked on several construction sites, most notably the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. He returned to Tallahassee in the 1980s and ended his career working with a friend, Levi Colson, finishing concrete.

Always generous and carefree, “Junior” had a lively and energetic nature. He was a friend to his friends and to strangers he met. He especially doted on his mother, often referring to her as “my girl.” As his health began to decline, he seldom engaged others in conversation.

Prior to his passing, Junior accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

He was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Alee “Pete” Clark and his father, John H. Clark.

Survivors include his only child, Nathaniel Clark of Tallahassee; his mother, Catherine McCarter Clark of Tallahassee; two brothers H. Jerry Clark of Margate, Fla. and Douglas Clark of Tallahassee; four sisters, Connie Jakes of Bainbridge, Rosia Sterling, Janene Clark and Jackie Tolliver (Joseph) all of Tallahassee; three aunts, Dorothy Baker of West Palm Beach, Fla., Mary Tyler (Ernest) and Corine Brown of Bainbridge; in addition to Earline Ford of Jakin, Ga. He also leaves a host of nephews and nieces, especially Cecily Sterling who assisted with his care.

Arrangements are by Guyton Brothers Funeral Home, in Bainbridge.

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