Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 27, 2013

Hubert Walter Clark


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ABBS VALLEY, Va. — Hubert Walter Clark of Abbs Valley, Va. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013 while a patient at Princeton Community Hospital. He was born in Ennis, W.Va. on May 12, 1921, the son of Walter Whitfield Clark and Margaret Tennessee (Musick) Clark.

Hubert was a decorated veteran of World War II. As a Sergeant in Company B 7th Medical Battalion he received a meritorious conduct commendation for action against enemy forces on Attu Island, Alaska on May 23, 1943. He also received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars.

After the war Hubert worked at the Jenkinjones, W.Va. tipple before beginning his career in June of 1958 as a life insurance agent with Peoples Life Insurance Company (PLICO) in the Richlands, Va. District Office. In June of 1984, after 25 years of dedicated service he retired. During those years he led the Richlands District in sales production for five of those years. In 1997 his achievements were recognized by the National Association of Life Underwriters in Washington, D.C. when he was presented the “National Sales Achievement Award.”  Hubert refused a promotion several times during his career with PLICO because of the dedication he felt towards his clients. His dedication to his clients was the subject of an article he wrote for the November 1964 issues of the company magazine entitled “Don't Neglect Your Present Policy Holders.”

Hubert was a dedicated member of the Mudfork Church of Christ. For many years he was a lay leader and an instrumental part of the body of believers that founded and built the Christ First United Methodist Church in Abbs Valley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  his loving and dedicated wife of 56 years, Irene Poszich Clark;  five brothers: Earl Clark of Las Vegas, Nev., Corbin Clark of Torrance, Calif., Carl Clark of Kincaid, Ill., Claude Clark of Princeton, W.Va., and Walter Clark Jr. of Bluefield, W.Va. and four sisters, Louise Beckett of Bluefield, Va., Opal Falcomato of Grants, N.M., Merle South of Taylorville, Ill., and Lorena Henley of Tovey, Ill.; and one grandson, Christopher Clark of Wolf Creek, Va.

Survivors include his three sons, Jerry of Nokesville, Va., Randy of Bluewell, W.Va., and Dennis of Abbs Valley, Va.; one brother, Thomas of Goshen, Ind., and one sister, Jeannette Kuffner of Athens, W.Va. He also leaves behind his loving companion of 10 years, Margaret Bradley of Abbs Valley, Va. and his many neighbors and friends;  six grandchildren, Kristy Clark Peters, April Clark Nolley, Austin Clark, Erin Clark Neff, Samantha Green Bezares and Mason Clark; five great-grandchildren, Daniel Peters, Alivia Nolley, Taylor Nolley, Van Peters, Jodi Neff and baby Neff soon to be born in September 2013; and many co-workers/friends and their spouses of the PLICO Richlands District office.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with Pastors Johnny Elmore, Brian Mullins, and Fred Farley officiating. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton, W.Va. where military graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Barns Beavers VFW Post #7136 of Tazewell, Va. Pallbearers will include his loved ones and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mudfork Church of Christ Men's Bible Class.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com