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Garnett (Chappie) Clark, Adair County, KY (1919-2014)

He was a native of Adair County, KY and a resident of Louisville, KY, at the time of his death. He was a member of a highly regarded Gradyville community family. His wife, Laura Clark, survives. He was a member of Cloverleaf Baptist Church and was a 50 year member with Louisville Masonic Lodge #400. He had retired form B. F. Goodrich as a pipefitter & was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII and received the Purple Heart for service in the Philippines.
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Garnett "Chappie" Clark, 95, of Louisville, KY passed away Wednesday July 23, 2014 at Georgetown Manor, Louisville, KY.

Funeral services will be held 11amET/12pm noon ET, Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY, with burial in Louisville Memorial Gardens West, 4400 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY. Visitation will be 1pm-7pmCT/2pm-8pmET, Friday, July 25, 2014, at the funeral home.


Garnett (Chappie) Clark, Adair County, KY (1919-2014)

He was a native of Columbia, Adair County, KY. He was born January 16, 1919. He was the son of the late Lena Finn Clark and Alfred Waller Clark of the Gradyville community. He died July 23, 2014, in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, at the age of 95 years, six months, and seven days.

He was a member of Cloverleaf Baptist Church and was a 50 year member with Louisville Masonic Lodge #400. He had retired from B. F. Goodrich as a pipefitter & was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII and received a Purple Heart wounds received in combat in the Phillippines. He entered the Army in the 1st Cavalry Division, while the division still trained, bivouacked as cavalry, and rode in parades on horseback.

After he was shipped to Australia in 1943 he became an infantryman, and it was as a foot soldier he received injuries which earned the Purple Heart. Because of his wounds - one in the arm and a later one in the leg - he was returned to the states. While aboard ship bound for San Francisco, the United States dropped the atomic bombs which brought an end to the war with Japan.

The family lived in the Union neighborhood of Gradyville until 1952, when they moved to Louisville, KY. Survivors include his wife, Laura Clark, and the following:
  • Four children, Stephen Clark (Sue), David Clark (Iretta), Willie Lipsey (Arlene) & Beverly Lipsey Coyle (John)

  • Eight grandchildren

  • Eleven great grandchildren
Memorial gifts should be made to Hosparus of Louisville, KY.

Owen Funeral Home 5317 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY, in charge of arrangements.


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Garnett (Chappie) Clark, Adair County, KY (1919-2014)



2014-07-25 - 5317 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY - Photo from Owen Funeral Home.
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Garnett (Chappie) Clark, (1919-2014) as 1st Cav soldier



2014-07-25 - Photo from the Clark family archives.
When the Garnett (Chappie) Clark (1919-2014) first entered the U.S. Army, he was a member o the 1st Cavalry Division. After he was shipped to Australia in 1943 he became an infantryman, and it was as a foot soldier he received injuries which earned the Purple Heart. Because of his wounds - one in the arm and a later one in the leg - he was returned to the states. While aboard ship bound for San Francisco, the United States dropped the atomic bombs which brought an end to the war with Japan. Clark was a native of Adair County, KY, and lived in the Union neighborhood of Gradyville until the family moved to Louisville in 1952. He died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Louisville, KY.

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