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01/09/15 - NNHS Newsletter - John Clark

John Burton Clark
(02 Nov 1938 - 06 Jan 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I was saddened to read this news today. 
  John Clark, Class of 1957, passed away in Williamsburg on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at the age of 76. He was the former husband of the late  Kathy Pilgrim Clark, Class of 1963.

From The Daily Press - 01/09/15:

       John Burton Clark
    WILLIAMSBURG - John Burton Clark, 76, of Williamsburg, passed away 6 January, 2015. He was born in Milwaukee, but other than a tour in the US Army, made his life on the Peninsula.

He was the owner of Slaughter Lumber Company, established by his grandfather in Hampton in 1908. He attended the College of William and Mary and Richmond Professional Institute (currently Virginia Commonwealth University) in the 1950s.

Following his retirement from the lumber business, he completed his degree in 1995, earning a bachelor of arts, with a major in theatre, from Christopher Newport University.

John Clark
He was active in regional theatre, serving as a director, actor, and past president of the Peninsula Community Theatre, a founding member of the Poquoson Island Players, and affiliate of the Williamsburg Players. He acted professionally with the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, the former Tidewater Dinner Theatre, and the Lost Colony, in addition to working with regional and local theatrical productions in Taiwan, Christopher Newport University, William and Mary Theatre, Hampton Little Theatre, Newport News High School and St. Andrews School Theatre, Sewanee, TN.

John enjoyed his volunteer work with the Literacy for Life program at the College of William and Mary, as a popular instructor of film for the Christopher Wren Association, College of William and Mary, and as a reader for WHRO's program for the visually impaired.

He was a former member of the Hampton Rotary Club, cannoneer of the Kingsmill Yacht Club, parcel member for the Kingsmill Community Services Association, and board member of the Fort Monroe YMCA and Peninsula SPCA.

He also served as a docent for the historical plantation homes, Sherwood Forest and Smith's Fort. A delightful raconteur whose stories served as constant entertainment among his friends and even strangers, he was an avid reader who enjoyed attending performing arts events and restoring prize winning antique cars. Someone who embraced life, John was a gentle, kind, and caring soul.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ellen and John A. Clark, brother Dr. Richard F. Clark, and former wife, Kathleen Pilgrim Clark.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory and personality and love his daughter, Mary Dana Elizabeth Clark Epstein (and husband Phillip); son, John Christopher Duncan Clark and granddaughter Aubrey; brother, Robert G. Clark (and wife Anne), seven nieces and nephews and their loving families; and his life partner and best friend for 31 years, John Shulson. He also leaves behind his precious dog, Penny and cat, Lance.

A service will be held Wednesday, January 14, at 1 p.m., in St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 West Queens Way, Hampton, 23669, with a reception in the Parish social hall following. Arrangements by Nelsen Funeral Home of Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, 23185 or the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, 23601. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 9, 2015.
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January 08, 2015

   John was a great neighbor and friend to us for 10 years. He always had a smile and a story, and loved dearly his little walking companion, Penny the dog. We will miss his movie recommendations and hugs, and Archer's Mead will feel empty without him.
~ Beth and Rich, Williamsburg, Virginia

January 08, 2015
John was the kindest, gentlest soul who showed me so much love over the years. There are few people that one encounters in life who do not judge or otherwise treat one harshly. John was one of those folks who always showed loved and good humor. I miss him immensely. My most sincere condolences to John, Dana and Chris.

~ Mike Hutchison, Huntsville

January 09, 2015
John was always full of smiles and stories. He will be missed by Diana, Emma and me very much.

~ Phil, Diana, and Emma Russell, Williamsburg, Virginia
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John was a wonderful man, a great neighbor to my mother in Kings Mill, and a dear friend of our family. I have enjoyed his kind nature, positive energy, sense of humor, and zest for life at holidays and get-togethers for many years now. The world is a poorer place without him – he will be greatly missed.

~ Valerie Bolger, New York, New York

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to John's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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