Meridian Star


April 27, 2014

James Melvin Clark

MERIDIAN —     Graveside services for James Melvin Clark were held Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Davis officiating. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

    Mr. Clark, age 92, of Meridian, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 in Waynesboro, MS.

    James Melvin Clark was born to parents, James H. Clark and Leora Cook Clark on July 30, 1921. He was married to Lillie Olivia Hutcherson on April 8, 1949 and they remained husband and wife for 61 years until her passing on April 22, 2010. They both had been residents of Southern Living Specialty Care Residency in Waynesboro at the time of their passing. He was a member of Prospect Presbyterian Church.

    He served in the U.S. Military during World War II for three years and four months, ending in December 26, 1945. He received a number of decorations and medals for European service. He was employed by Lauderdale County Schools and Meridian and Bigbee Railroad. In earlier years, Melvin and Libby spent their weekends traveling to favorite lakes, and camping in areas such as Ross Barnett, Clarkco, Gulf Coast, and in the Florida Beach areas. They were such regular campers at Clarkco that when a new advertising pamphlet was made, his picture was included on the front, resting in his hammock. The nieces and nephews were so glad when the campers came to their area so that everyone could come and visit for outdoor cooking with them at the campsite. Melvin never missed an opportunity to take Libby shopping to the malls in Meridian, Jackson, Tupelo, and New Orleans for he was a people watcher, and enjoyed sharing cute tales about the kind of people he observed. All of the nieces and nephews enjoyed the hospitality extended by invitations to their home, and also having the Clarkco visit.

    He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Libby, his parents, and three sisters, Lucille C. Fredrickson, Mary Otis C. Brown, and Elizabeth C. Mosley.

    Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

    Visitation was held Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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