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Reuben Byron Clark's mother was Ellen Gladys Poythress (her brother was
Robert 'Bob' Clarence Poythress, through whose son Gene, 1924-2009, the
Poythress name continues in FL). His obit is below, but first below is a
bit of background on his mother's Poythress line.
Ellen and Bob Poythress were 2 of the 11 children of John P [Price?]
Poythress, 1833 - 1905, and Mary Ann Dolan, who married in 1866. John P
Poythress, who was born in Gadsden Co, FL (of which Quincy is the county
seat), was son of James P Poythress, who was apparently the James P whose
surname was spelled many ways at that time, and who came to Gadsden County
from Screven County, GA for homestead land [Land Office receipts of 10 Feb
1827 & 1 Jun 1827]. James P Poythress was among the 14 listed in Jan 1828
in Quincy, Gadsden Co, FL, when the Quincy Masonic Lodge was created under
a special dispensation granted by the Grand Lodge of Georgia. For further
info see our Poythress List Archives [maintained at rootsweb, a free site
carried on thru ancestry] -- the Poythress List Archives is searchable
either by keyword or chronologically, and is linked to "Message Archives"
at the top of the page of our research website, Poythress [dot] net.
Our condolences to the entire family.
Byron's obit as published in the Tallahassee [FL] Democrat, and seen at
Reuben Byron Clark (1920 - 2014)
Reuben Byron Clark, 94, died August 2, 2014 in Tallahassee, Leon County,
Florida following a short illness of pneumonia.
The service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at
Christian Heritage Church, 2810 Sharer Rd., Tallahassee. Visitation will be
held one hour prior to time of the service. A private interment will be
held after the service at Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, near
A former resident of Hardaway, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Emily Sunday Clark, his parents, Reuben Sevier Clark and Ellen Poythress
Clark, infant sister, Mary Lucile Clark and son-in-law, Edward "Eddie"
Mr. Clark was born January 31, 1920 in Hardaway, Gadsden Co., FL and
graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1941. During those years, he
became active in the Future Farmers of American (FFA) and in 1941, he had
the honor of becoming the first young man in Gadsden County to receive the
American Farmer Degree. During WW II, Byron served with the US Army Air
Corp., 451st Bombardment Group, in Foggia, Italy. After a farming career,
Mr. Clark began employment at Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Quincy
in January 1953 and retired as Purchasing Agent 32 years later. Prior to
their move to Tallahassee in 1973, Byron and Emily enjoyed family farm
living in Hardaway. He was a member of Christian Heritage Church where he
served as a deacon for many years.
Since 2003 Byron was a resident at Broadview Assisted Living Center
where he thoroughly enjoyed retirement living and spending time reminiscing
about the earlier days of his life. Byron wrote many stories of his
remembrance of life growing up in rural Gadsden County during the
Depression years. He was a charter member of the West Gadsden Historical
He is survived by three daughters: Nancy Emily & Bob Flournoy of Quincy,
Linda Ellen & James A. Smith of Dogtown, and Judith Anne Craig of Macon,
GA; three grandchildren, Kevin Byron Craig & wife Amie of Macon; Edward
Thomas Craig and fiancée Tara Johns of Perry, GA; and Emily Arlene Craig of
Madison, AL; two great grandchildren, Molly Grace and Carson Craig of
Macon; and sister-in-law Catherine Sunday Hunt of Pensacola, FL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Gadsden Historical
Society, P. O. Drawer D, Greensboro, FL 32330.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 South Jackson St., Quincy, FL,
(850)627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
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