The Obit For Ernie Clark

Ernest J. Clark

Published in Roanoke Times from March 29 to March 30, 2010

Ernest J. (Junior) Clark, 81, of Buchanan, Va., died on Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his home.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Willie Eva Clark; brothers, Roy and Melvin; sisters, Hazel, Ruby, Pauline, and Elizabeth.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Elsie Hodges Clark; daughters, Phyllis C. Clodfelter and husband, Michael, of Kernersville, N.C., Teresa C. Lester and husband, Ronnie, of Eagle Rock, Va.; five grandchildren, Ryan Clodfelter, Brandon Lester, David Clodfelter, Amber Lester and Chase Lester; brother, Preston Clark.

Junior was retired from Roanoke Cement Company. He held various jobs throughout the years including working for James Lees Plant in Glasgow, the Chevrolet dealership in Buchanan, operating a Garbage service, owning and operating a lumber business and playing baseball for several minor leagues including the Cincinnati Reds.

He received his 60 year pin and lifetime membership from the Buchanan Vol. Fire Department and served on the Buchanan Volunteer Rescue Squad for many years.

He loved helping people and spent many years continuing to help with the annual Buchanan Fireman's Carnival where he was known for his famous 4th of July Barbecue Chicken.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being in the woods hunting with his friends. Junior also loved gardening and making sure he planted enough to share.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010, in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Woody officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Buchanan.

A special thanks to Amedisys Hospice Services and the loving care they provided since November.

Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 575, Buchanan, Va. 24066 or the Buchanan Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 537 Buchanan, Va. 24066.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan, (254-3000).