Thomas Richard Clarke, Sr.

Thomas Richard Clarke, Sr. 82, died Sunday evening, November 13, 2016.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia he was the son of the late James T. Clarke and Mildred Alexander Johnson.  He was preceded in death by wives, Jean Jones Clarke of 53 years and Nita Long Cole of two years and brother, James Clarke.  Three surviving children include son, Rick Clarke and his wife, Julie and daughter, Karla Branch and her husband, Dan and son Brian Clarke and his wife, Kristie.  Five grandchildren Thomas and Rebekah Branch and Courtney, Brianna and Ivey Clarke survive.  Great grandchildren include David Germain and Talley Hilderbrant.  Tom was a Navy veteran and a member of Hoschton United Methodist Church.  Tom retired from Xerox and Oglethorpe Power.  Tom lived at the Oaks of Braselton where he enjoyed singing and serving as ambassador by welcoming new residents. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Helping Hands, 5043 Bristol Industrial Way, Buford GA 30518, and include “Brianna Clarke” in memo of check.  Funeral will be held Thursday November 17th, at 11:00 AM at Lawson Funeral Home 4532 Hwy 53 in Hoschton, GA. The viewing will be held Wednesday from 5pm and 8pm, and before the funeral service.

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5 Responses to Thomas Richard Clarke, Sr.

  1. I had the honor of knowing Tom when I worked at the Oaks at Braselton. It was only for 3 short months, but in those 3 months, I felt like I had gained a grandfather. He always made me smile and always made me laugh, and I loved always hearing him sing. Every time I would walk into work, he would see me and say “Hey girl, how are you?” No matter what kind of mood I was in, whether I wasn’t feeling good, or just having a bad day, he always made my day better. Every night at dinner, he would tell people who I was and that I was his buddy, even if everyone already knew. He would then always ask me “I’ve got your back and you’ve got my back, right?” I just wish I would have told him that I was leaving and pursuing career somewhere else. I can’t stop thinking about him and I regret not saying goodbye. Rest in Peace my friend.


  2. Scott Rakestraw says:

    Ricky, Karla, and Brian, my heart goes out to all of you. I know that y’all will miss him so much. My family sends our deepest sympathy and condolences.


  3. Charles & Becky Boyd says:

    Prayers and comfort to the entire Clarke family.
    Charles & Becky Boyd


  4. Bill Grimes says:

    Rick, Julie, and family please accept our condolences on the death of your dad from all of your SCV compatriots in Camp 96 and Eli P. Landers Camp. Blessings, Bill Grimes on behalf of the Camp


  5. Cathy Cunningham says:

    Rick, Karla and Brian I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how proud your Dad was of you all and loved you and your families with all his heart. He will be missed by so many who loved him. His compassion, thoughtfulness, and warm smile made the day of so many who came into contact with him. I am so very blessed to have had him a part of my life for even a short time. God Bless you all in the days , weeks, months ahead. His smile will always be in my heart….


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