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.