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1901 2nd Ave North West, Cullman, AL

OBITUARY

Mary Tillman Clark

September 23, 1934May 9, 2020
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Mary Tillman Clark, of Cullman passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 85. She was born on September 23, 1934 in Simcoe, AL to Benjamin and Lesta Bea Smith Tillman. After the death of her father, Mary and her mother moved from Simcoe to Cullman in her teenage years. Her mother worked at a grocery store nearby and they became active in 7th Street Baptist Church. Mary loved roller skating and spent a lot of time at the skating rink, where she eventually met her future husband. They skated their way right into marriage, but Pat was soon called to the Korean War. Mary then worked as a hair dresser until she realized that her calling was to be a stay-at-home mother. Pat continued his father’s work at Cullman Savings & Loan, which gave the couple many opportunities to enjoy traveling to meetings together. Mary also worked as a teller there. While her children were attending Sacred Heart School, Mary was baptized and became a member of Sacred Heart Church, where she has been a lifetime member and was a part of many functions with her family there. She was much like a backstage worker, keeping her household running smoothly, meeting her children’s needs and preparing all the props for the next event. She really enjoyed flowers: planting them, caring for them, and watching them grow. Her courtyard could have easily been featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Mary and Pat enjoyed dancing together and could easily take over the dance floor and put on a show for family and friends. She enjoyed playing cards and board games with the whole family. Her true joy in life was her children and grandchildren. After the loss of her husband, she decided to move to Morningside Assisted Living, where she enjoyed her last four years. She was loved deeply by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Patrick Clark; sister Gwynith Tillman and brother Wiley Tillman. Her survivors include her children: Cheri Christopher of Cullman, Greg (Cathy) Clark of Hoover and Marcus (Jennifer) Clark of Cullman; grandchildren: Jason (Melissa) McEntire, Mandy (Brad) Wilson, Zac (Marina) McEntire, Sally Clark, Andrew Clark, Joey (Callie) Clark, Colby Clark and Cory Clark and great grandchildren: Owen McEntire, Evan Wilson and Molly Wilson. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. The Memorial Mass for Mrs. Mary Tillman Clark will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Bernard Preparatory School, Benedictine Sisters-Sacred Heart Monastery or Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at mossservicefh.com

  • FAMILY

  • Cheri Patricia Christopher, Daughter
  • Joseph Gregory Clark (Cathy), Son
  • Marcus Rene Clark (Jennifer), Son
  • Jason Patrick McEntire (Melissa), Grandson
  • Amanda Grace Wilson (Brad), Granddaughter
  • Zac Paul McEntire (Marina), Grandson
  • Sally Marie Clark, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Benjamin Clark, Grandson
  • Joseph Alexander Clark (Callie), Grandson
  • Colby Alexander Clark, Grandson
  • Cory Addison Clark, Grandson
  • Patrick Hervey Clark, Husband (deceased)
  • Benjamin Hill Tillman, Father (deceased)
  • Lesta Bea Smith Tillman, Mother (deceased)
  • Gwynith Maxine Tillman, Sister (deceased)
  • Wiley Joe Tillman, Brother (deceased)

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Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Rosary

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Monday, May 18, 2020

Memories

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Ray and Jane Kauffman

May 17, 2020

One of my fondest childhood memories from our family reunions will always be of dear Aunt Mary, who was so loving and welcoming with her cheery smile for all of us cousins. We will miss you dearly, Mary, and I know that Uncle Pat is thrilled to see you again. Cheri, Greg and Marcus, our deepest sympathies go out to you and your families.

Greg Clark

May 16, 2020

Richard Cleghorn

May 16, 2020

My Dear Cousins,

My deepest sympathies and condolences in the loss of your mom. She was as Greg said, to know her was to love her. I will miss her smile and her friendly voice and be thankful she was part of all of our lives.

With love,
Richie

Derek & Lori Mobley

May 15, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Clark. She was a special lady who always smiled and had kind words for everyone. She will be missed by all. Derek and Lori Mobley

Debbie Ensor

May 15, 2020

Sending Cheri and her family my thoughts, love and prayers during this time. Your mom will be loved and remembered always.
Bingo memories come to mind. She enjoyed those Friday nights and we enjoyed them with her and with you.

Stephen Cleghorn

May 13, 2020

She was a fine aunt, always a beauty to behold, who kept a well-appointed home at which we nephews and nieces marveled when we visited her and Uncle Pat. Maybe maintaining (and paying for!) the house appointments were a bit of a challenge for Uncle Pat at times, who was a laid-back, fun-seeking fellow (despite being a banker) who sometimes feigned how he suffered to keep his wife properly furnished, but his love for her was deep and true (and fun!), and it let off an aura around them that we all could feel. She raised three fine children, beloved cousins I would see on a biennial basis over much of my life as I came for family reunions, as children in the backyard of Mama and Daddy Clark, then later on as adults at St Bernard Abbey. She got better with the passing years. In her later life I enjoyed teasing her as the "Pretty Woman" whom Roy Orbison surely must have taken as inspiration for his song. She enjoyed every minute of it, as I recall. I will honor these and other memories by splitting a gift to Sacred Heart Monastery and St Bernard Preparatory School. Love you, Aunt Mary. Cheri, Greg and Marcus, ya'll know she was a great one. Wish I could be there to celebrate her with you.

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Biography

Mary Tillman Clark, of Cullman passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 85. She was born on September 23, 1934 in Simcoe, AL to Benjamin and Lesta Bea Smith Tillman.
After the death of her father, Mary and her mother moved from Simcoe to Cullman in her teenage years. Her mother worked at a grocery store nearby and they became active in 7th Street Baptist Church. Mary loved roller skating and spent a lot of time at the skating rink, where she eventually met her future husband. They skated their way right into marriage, but Pat was soon called to the Korean War. Mary then worked as a hair dresser until she realized that her calling was to be a stay-at-home mother. Pat continued his father’s work at Cullman Savings & Loan, which gave the couple many opportunities to enjoy traveling to meetings together. Mary also worked as a teller there. While her children were attending Sacred Heart School, Mary was baptized and became a member of Sacred Heart Church, where she has been a lifetime member and was a part of many functions with her family there. She was much like a backstage worker, keeping her household running smoothly, meeting her children’s needs and preparing all the props for the next event. She really enjoyed flowers: planting them, caring for them, and watching them grow. Her courtyard could have easily been featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Mary and Pat enjoyed dancing together and could easily take over the dance floor and put on a show for family and friends. She enjoyed playing cards and board games with the whole family. Her true joy in life was her children and grandchildren. After the loss of her husband, she decided to move to Morningside Assisted Living, where she enjoyed her last four years. She was loved deeply by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Patrick Clark; sister Gwynith Tillman and brother Wiley Tillman.
Her survivors include her children: Cheri Christopher of Cullman, Greg (Cathy) Clark of Hoover and Marcus (Jennifer) Clark of Cullman; grandchildren: Jason (Melissa) McEntire, Mandy (Brad) Wilson, Zac (Marina) McEntire, Sally Clark, Andrew Clark, Joey (Callie) Clark, Colby Clark and Cory Clark and great grandchildren: Owen McEntire, Evan Wilson and Molly Wilson.

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