OBITUARY

Edith Galilee Clark

December 29, 1919April 12, 2018
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Edith Galilee Clark, 98, of Bassett, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Mrs. Clark was born on December 29, 1919 to the late Maggie Lou Morris Smith and the late Watt Wade Smith. Mrs. Clark is survived by her daughter, Peggy Clark Wilson; a son, A. Wills Clark Jr.; and a grandson, Seth Clark. In addition to her parents, she was deceased by her husband, Albert W. Clark Sr.; two sisters, Louise W. Hargrave and Evelyn Nodelyk. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from Collins Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Clyde Hylton officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service. The family would like to thank their mother's caregivers, Thee Wooten and Anita DeShazo. The family also request that memorials to be made to the Pocahontas Baptist Church or to the Bassett Historical Center. Online condolences and biography at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com. Collins Funeral Home in Bassett, Va. is respectfully serving the Clark family.

  • FAMILY

  • Maggie Lou Morris Smith, Mother
  • Watt Wade Smith, Father
  • Albert Wills Clark Sr., Husband
  • Peggy Clark Wilson, Daughter
  • Albert Wills Clark Jr., Son
  • Seth Clark, Grandson
  • Louis W. Hargrave, Sister
  • Evelyn Nodelyk, Sister
  • Thee Wooten, Caregiver
  • Anita DeShazo, Caregiver
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Wayne Eanes, Active Pallbearer
  • Vernon Garvin, Active Pallbearer
  • Tommy Rakestraw, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim Philpott, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Coleman, Active Pallbearer
  • Paul Ross, Active Pallbearer
  • John Williams, Active Pallbearer
  • John Harold Stone, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Edith Galilee Clark

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Jean Basconi

April 18, 2018

I will allways Remember Mrs Clark we were in Stanleytown Healthcare together, I had cancer had pretty much given up until she talked to me , She will truly be missed,allways had a positive attitude!

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Biography

To Edith Galilee Clark, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Edith, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Edith really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Edith was born on December 29, 1919 at Pleasant Grove Community of Henry County in Virginia. Edith was raised in Bassett. Even as a child, Edith had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

Always a good playmate, Edith was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Edith managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Edith was raised with two.

All of Edith's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Edith experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in Basketball.

Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Edith was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Edith simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Edith, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Edith's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Edith graduated from Bassett High School in 1936. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Edith very easy to approach. On October 30, 1937 Edith exchanged wedding vows with Albert W. Clark Sr. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Edith related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Edith was blessed with two children, Peggy and Wills. They were also blessed with one grandson, Seth Clark. Edith had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Edith's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Edith had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Edith was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Edith liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Edith was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Edith's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Edith as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She was employed for Metropolitan Life Insurance.

Edith enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Edith liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were floral arranging and geneology. Edith was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Edith felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Edith loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Edith relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Edith never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Edith played basketball. Edith was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were golf.

Edith had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Edith's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Throughout her later years, Edith was an active member of the Bassett Bridge Club, Bassett Garden Club, D. A. R.

A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Edith often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Outspoken in her beliefs, yet tactful in her dealings with others, Edith was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Bassett Public Library Association Board, Bassett Historical Center. Politically, Edith was democrat.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Edith recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a founding member and wrote history for Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church. During that time, she was in choir, taught sunday school, was president for the Womens Missionary Union and was the church historian for many years.

Naturally outgoing and generous, Edith was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Edith was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included her geneology certificate and a scholarship she earned at Averett University.

Living life in the fast lane suited Edith just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Edith was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Edith's favorites was Fancy, a Shih Tzu dog. They were best friends for 17 Years.

Edith passed away on April 12, 2018 at in care of Mountain Valley Hospice. Natural. She is survived by children, Peggy and Wills, and Grandson, Seth. Services were held at Collins Funeral Home 30 Riverside Highway, Bassett, Virginia 24055. Edith was laid to rest at Roselawn Burial Park 103 Clearview Drive Martinsville, VA 24112.

Edith brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Edith Galilee Clark lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.