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Madge Clark, 90, of Knoxville, passed away Sept. 25, 2015, at the West Ridge Nursing Home in Knoxville. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Burial was at the Gosport Cemetery. Family received friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to HCI of Knoxville. Madge was born Aug. 26, 1925, to George Washington and Lois Maude (Reynolds) Laird in Marion County, near Knoxville. She married Phillip Wayne Clark on July 15, 1944, and were blessed with three children: Garry "Skeeter", Sally, and Barbara. When first married, Madge and Phil lived by the 1000 acres. They went on to do many different jobs - from farming, gas station, logging, to custom combining. Wherever they went and whatever they did, Madge and Phil did it together. In 1971, they built a livestock sale barn and cafe. Madge would serve great food from beef burgers to chocolate pie and homemade donuts. She took pride in all her grandchildren working beside her. She was a hard worker, but took time to enjoy card playing, fishing, mushroom hunting, and going to the casino, too! On her 90th birthday, she was blessed with a great-great-granddaughter. Preceding her in death were her parents: George and Lois; husband, Phillip; son, Garry; son-in-law, Raymond Smith; brothers: Raymond, Elmer, Richard, Larry, and Jerry and sisters: Violet Morris and Betty Laird. Surviving are her daughters: Betty Clark, Sally Smith, Barb (Mike) Damon; sisters: Jodie Stewart and Mae Zupan; 12 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Published on  October 1, 2015
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