John Howard Clark

June 2, 1946January 1, 2021

John Howard Clark was born on June 2, 1946 in Taunton, England and passed away January 1, 2021 at the Salem Veterans Hospital. He was lovingly called Papa Smurf and Papa John by his daughter and goddaughter who loved him greatly.

John served in the U.S. Army, spoke Korean and was a carpenter by trade. John was a rowdy fellow in his younger years and enjoyed playing the guitar, poker games, and driving his blue van on the Skyline Drive. As John got older, he mellowed greatly and loved drinking large cups of black coffee, a good Pepsi, and eating as many Three Musketeers as he could get his hands on. John had a quick whit and devilish sense of humor. Even in his later years, he could often be found with a sparkle in his bright blue eyes, grinning to charm the ladies. John lived every moment of his life to the fullest and was an unapologetic man who bluntly spoke his mind. John was a fighter, surviving many things through sheer grit and will. He loved folk music and often listened to Bob Dylan and John Prine and enjoyed singing “In the Pines”until his last months on earth. John had previously been a member of the Waynesboro Moose Lodge and the Waynesboro Eagles.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Salem Veterans Hospital for the extraordinary care and support provided.

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Marquita Payne

January 15, 2021

Papa John, Papa Smurf, Johnny Boy, John Howard Clark. Just a few of the names I used to call you. You came into my life so unexpectedly, but I can honestly say that I am a better person because of you. I don't know why you chose me the way you did, but I have never been happier or prouder to be your goddaughter. Thank you for showing me unconditional love and acceptance. Thank you for giving me the best godsister in the whole world. I have so many memories of you and I will cherish them all so much. I have a feeling we will see each other again...but don't make it too soon! I got some unfinished business to tend to down here.
Love you Papa John...Marquita aka Babydoll

Jillian Smith

January 8, 2021

Oh Johnny Boy! You were as blunt as they came! I hope you are charming the ladies, eating all that chocolate and enjoying the company of others up in heaven!

Yalanda Coleman

January 8, 2021

My "SuggaPie" oh how I miss him! He brought me so much joy! For me he was a man of little words. But those words meant so much. AND those BIG blue eyes were something to see... There was something about him that I absolutely LOVED. My condolences to Renee and Marquita... I hope he knew how much joy he brought me, and how much I adored him!

Donnie & Violet Bryan

January 7, 2021

Prayers and sympathy to the family. Donnie & Violet Bryan