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James Addison Clark Jr.

September 29, 1938 ~ April 16, 2022 (age 83)


James Addison Clark JR
83 years old
Born: September 29, 1938
Passed: April 15, 2022

James Addison Clark Jr better known as Jim Clark, Jimmy, Bubba, Pop, Dad, or Grandpa, passed away Friday, April 15, 2022. Jim was born in Charleston, SC September 29, 1938 on a day that Five Tornados at once slammed into the city destroying a lot of the town. The building where he was born was later turned into a famous restaurant called Henry’s. When Jim turned 17, he joined the United States Airforce where he served for 12 years. During that time, he fought in the Vietnam War twice. Not long after he joined the service, he came home to visit some friends when he was introduced to the love of his life, Ann Gorecki. They communicated for a year through letters and then married in 1957. They have 3 wonderful children together, Laura, Jimmy, and Michael. After Jim left the Air Force as a TSGT Tech Sergeant E-6, he went to college then joined the Federal Aviation Administration-FAA as an Air Traffic Controller where he retired after 25 years as a GS-15 Level 3 Control Center Shift Manager. Jim wasn’t ready to completely retire so he went to work for the State of Pennsylvania. We always joked that his next “retirement” job would be a greeter at Walmart.
In 2004, Jim and his bride decided it was finally time to retire and move to Georgia to be close to their family and spend time being Grandpa and Grandma. During Jim’s life he served in the Knights of Columbus as a 3rd Degree Knight, worked closely with many charities, loved going to the shooting range with his son and grandkids, was always ready to go to Mexican and was ready to tell you one of his 1000 stories from his time in the service. Jim adored his beautiful bride, as he called her. In June this year would mark 65 beautiful years together. As a father he taught his children so much in life that even after his death a small memory of putting on a watch brought on a flood of emotions and now it makes sense that Pop would say, “remember this moment now as one day when I am gone you will then know how important it is to be a parent!” As a grandpa, he was always ready for family time. He taught the boys about life hacks, how to shoot a gun, how to make the best investments and decisions and to work hard. For his one and only granddaughter her told her to never settle and to make sure a man treats you like the princess you are.

Jim is survived by his Wife, Ann Clark of Cumming, GA, Daughter-Laura Clark Gillean of Daytona Beach, Fl, Son-Michael Clark of Gainesville, Daughter in Law-Christy Clark of Gainesville, GA, Sister-Linda Pugh of North East, MD, Grandson-Thomas Jennings of Dahlonega, Grandson-Christian Clark of Hixson, TN and Granddaughter-Emili Clark of Gainesville. Jim is Preceded by his son-James Addison Clark lll, Mother-Edith Mellichamp Hay and Sister Judy Hay. 
The Inurnment Mass will take place May 6, 2022, at Good Shephard Catholic Church in Cumming, GA and will proceed to Sawnee View Gardens as his final resting place. Jim was very big on giving back to his community. He would always say if he could help, he would. We are asking in lieu of flowers to please send donations to support the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of James A. “KC Star” Clark JR.

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