Clark Eads

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Orville Clark Eads, 55, of Jackson peacefully left this world Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at his home.

He was born May 6, 1951, in Beach Grove, Tennessee, to Sam and Lura Ferrell Eads.

Clark was the fourth of eight children and lived in Tennessee and central Illinois throughout his childhood.

Clark served as a recon Marine in the Vietnam War. In 1973, Clark married Carla Marie Schnebly and later had two sons and a daughter.

Clark worked in the uniform business for over 31 years and was general manager for the Todd Corp. and Aramark Uniform Services.

Clark and Carla's family includes a son, Jason and wife Heather, and their children Dylan, Kane, Alyson and Owen Clark Eads, named after his grandpa and due in October; a son, Matthew and partner, Heather Lambert and their children, Riley and Olivia; a daughter, Kendra Elizabeth Eads; Clark's much-loved nieces and nephews as well as his seven siblings reside in Illinois, Sam, Jim, Jerry, Chris, Wanda, Cathy and Peggy.

"Clarkie" believed in keeping life simple and worked hard to provide for his family. He touched many lives with his humor, generosity and humble kindness. Clark enjoyed spending time observing nature and was a great lover of and expert about music. Those who were blessed to know Clark will always remember his enormous smile and beautiful blue eyes.

In lieu of flowers, Clark requested that donations be made to the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO NASV) at 69 Doctors Park, Suite C, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63703.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Young America Cemetery in Hume, Ill.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at La Croix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Long-time family friend, the Rev. Danny Cox will officiate.

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