Wilburn Eugene Clark

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wilburn Eugene Clark, 97, of Lewisburg, passed away on July 29, 2014, at NHC Healthcare-Oakwood.

Wilburn was born Nov. 24, 1916, in Lynnville to Clarence and Susie Steele Clark. He graduated from Jones High School in 1934, and then moved to Lewisburg where he lived until 1937, when he joined the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1960, with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, after 23 years of service. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in the sinking of the USS Peary in the Timor Sea battle. After retiring from the Navy, he was employed by the federal Civil Service in Washington, D.C., and retired from this service in 1973. After his retirement, he and his wife Hazel moved to Lewisburg to make it their permanent home. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as Trustee, Deacon, and Elder. Wilburn served in many more community activites which included Mayor of Lewisburg and Chairman of the Board of the Lewisburg Community Hospital for five years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner, a member and President of the Lewisburg Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Hazel Essary Clark, in 2013; and two brothers, William Ray and Frank Clark.

He is survived by one sister, Virginia Clark Boatright of Lynnville; several nieces and nephews; and one very special nephew and his wife, Larry and Phyllis Boatright of Lewisburg.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31, at the Chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home with Jeff Eason officiating. Burial followed at Mars Hill Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mars Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Debra Irvin, 3470 Cornersville Hwy, Lynnville, TN 38472.

Pallbearers were members of the American Legion Post 39 and VFW Post 5109.

Honorary pallbearers, who were Wilburn's caregivers, were Kathryn Smith, Teresa Mathis, Charlene Thomason, Sandra Stanfill, and JoEllen Haislip. Additional honorary pallbearers were Robert Walker, Edmund Roberts, Jack Goodman, Tom Stevens, Henry Golczynski, Bill Marsh, and Jim Terry.

Condolences of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.billsmcgaugh.com.

Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.