August 8, 2002 Issue

Samuel Matthias "Sam" Clark
Mr. Samuel Matthias "Sam" Clark, 85, of Louisville died Thursday, August 1, 2002, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Clark, a native of Louisville, was the son of the late James William and Mary Dixon Little Clark, also Louisville natives. He attended Louisville public schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army just prior to the beginning of World War II and served an extensive tour of duty in the Pacific Theater. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in Columbus and was stationed for a short time at Camp Wheeler in Macon, but spent most of his tour in the Pacific where he was stationed at Oahu, Hawaii, and saw extensive action in the Marshall Islands, Einewetok, Saipan and Okinawa. He was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1945 after receiving two Purple Hearts for valor.

Mr. Clark established and operated Clark Hardware in Louisville in 1959 and retired from that business in 1979. Prior to that, he had been an implement salesman for Whigham and Beall in Louisville.

He was a lifelong member of the Louisville United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Barwick Sunday School Class and a former member of the church board. He was a former member of the Jefferson County School Board and a former member of the Louisville VFW Post.

The funeral was Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at Louisville United Methodist Church with pastor Rev. Danny Treadway and former pastor Rev. Emory Gilbert officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Eugenia "Gene" Lee Launius Clark, formerly of Monroe; three sons, Samuel "Sam" M. Clark. Jr. and his wife Mary Margaret, Louisville; J. Dennie Clark and his wife Rebecca, Marietta; and E. Lee Clark and his wife Deborah, Martinez; one sister, Mrs. Robert Casper Walker, Tifton; one brother, Frank Fleming Clark of Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley; eight grandchildren, Jessica Clark Johnson and her husband Bradley, Lafayette, Ind., Samuel Matthias "Matt" Clark III and Cathleen Elizabeth Clark of Louisville, James Russell "Russ" Clark, Sarah Elizabeth Clark, Helen Eugenia Clark and Miller Bradley Clark, all of Marietta, and Catherine Lane Clark, Martinez.

Pallbearers were Roy Hayes, John Willard Davis, Joe Cox, Dr. J.B. Polhill, Clark Hiebert and Harry Gilmore Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Barwick Sunday School Class.

Memorial may be made to The Louisville United Methodist Church Window Fund, Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 West Seventh Street, Louisville, Ga. 30434.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Horace Claude Gaston
Mr. Horace Claude Gaston, 87, of Louisville died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Jefferson County Hospital.

Mr. Gaston, a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, was a retired timber cruiser. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Louisville and the P.W. Wilson Sunday School Class and the Louisville Lion's Club.

The funeral was Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Louisville, with the Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Davis Gaston; a son and daughter-in-law, H. Wayne and Christine Gaston, Newport News, Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dolores and Harold Burnette, Woodstock, Sandra and Bill McGahee, Louisville, and Brenda and Gene Lyon, Watkinsville; three sisters, Daisy Farrer, Nell Creech and Edna Gaston, all of Moxley; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Allan McGahee, Cody Lyon, Steven Lyon, Ray Williford, Jared Gaston, Hayley Williford, Glenn Davis and Joseph Mole.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 101 E. 9th St., Louisville, Ga. 30434.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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