OBITUARY

GARDNER J CLARK

November 15, 1923April 2, 2021
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Gardner J. Clark, Jr., 97, of Orange, Texas passed away peacefully at his son’s home in California.

Born in Port Arthur he was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School at the age of 17, May 1941. November of that same year he started work at Texaco Oil Refinery making 45 cents an hour. On December 13th, 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a radioman on a sub-tender, U.S.S. Orion in World War II, was discharged in 1945. He returned to Texaco where he retired in 1979. Gardner owned Mc Tavish Liquor in Port Neches then Mac’s on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur. He was active in the Port Arthur Little Theatre, participated in over 100 plays and served on the Board. A founding member of the Gulf Coast Museum; life member of the American Legion and V.F.W.; volunteered with the Coast Guard Reserve; Shangra La; Botanical Gardens in Orange; the Lutcher Theater & member of the Guild. Gardner was also involved in several clubs and organizations throughout his life.

Gardener is survived by his four children, Linda K. Prince and her husband Murray of Nederland, Gardner J. Clark III of San Diego, California, Loretta Johnson and her husband Ray of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama and Lyle Graham and his wife Karen of Weatherford, Texas; fourteen grandkids; twenty-four great grandkids and thirteen great-great grandkids.

A visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home with burial to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

In lieu of flowers; “Memorial Contributions” can be made to the Port Arthur Little Theatre located at 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77642 or the Museum of the Gulf Coast located at 700 Procter, Port Arthur, TX 77640.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Chapel Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, April 16, 2021

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Jean Heubach

April 14, 2021

I met Gardner at Port Arthur Little Theatre in 1991 and remained friends with him as long as he was in Texas. I helped him with many a show at our theater or Lamar/PALT Summer Musicals. He was the life of the party and could always make you laugh by doing a magic trick, telling a joke, or just being around.
He was a bit of a ladies man and would give you a hug and if you asked him how he was doing, he always answered with, "I am doing just fine right this minute."
When his house was flooded with Hurricane Ike, the theater friends went over and cleaned up his property for him and for his 85th Birthday attended his surprise party and gave him gifts to replenish his house. We roasted him and entertained him that night and he even did a skit to entertain us. He was so loved by us all.
You will surely be missed by so many. RIP my friend.

Kerry Mayfield

April 10, 2021

To the family,
So sorry to hear the news of Gardner's passing. My dad, Kenith Waldrep, always thought highly of his good friend. Glad they are able to be together again in Heaven.

In God's love,
Kerry and Barry Mayfield

Jeff Courts

April 4, 2021

It has been my honor to have known Gardner for quite a few years having done several theatre productions with him. I was always in awe of Gardner. I remember when we did Annie Get Your Gun. There was a dance number with the guys and Gardner was definitely the oldest person in the number and danced circles around all the younger guys.

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