Mr. Clifford Thomas Park, 94 of Blackshear, passed away late Wednesday evening, September 4, 2019 at his residence.
Born in Tennille, GA on January 30, 1925, he had lived in Jesup prior to moving to Pierce County 60 years ago. Mr. Park served in the US Navy during WWII and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia where he received his degree in Agriculture. He retired from the UGA Pierce County Extension office where he had been the County Extension Agent. Over the years he was honored to have several national winners in 4-H come out of his office. Mr. Park had the privilege of being the oldest and longest standing member of the Blackshear Rotary Club until 2018 when his health forced him to no longer be able to attend. While a member, he served as a past president, longtime treasurer, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Park was a member of the Blackshear First United Methodist Church where he had taught Sunday school for 57 years. He had served on the Administrative Board and had served as Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds committee as well as serving on several other boards & committees over the years. Mr. Park had been a past president of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce (1970) and was the Pierce County Citizen of the Year recipient in 1984 as well as being the S. Dow Nimmer award recipient in 2002. He had also served on the Pierce County Tax Equalization Board. Playing golf (he was instrumental in starting the Lakeview Golf Course), fishing, and working in his yard were all hobbies he had enjoyed over the years. No matter how active in his community he had been over the years, Mr. Park would probably want to be most remembered by his strong faith in God and his love for his children.
He was a son of the late Hugh Alonzo & Eva Treadwell Park. He was also preceded in death by all 5 of his sisters and all 6 of his brothers.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Patricia “Pat” Nichols Park of Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret & Terry Mathews of Atlanta; his son, Alex Park of Atlanta; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services for Mr. Park will be held Saturday morning, September 7, 2019, at 11:00 o’clock from the First United Methodist Church.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 9:30 until 11:00 o’clock at the church.
The family kindly requests members of the Blackshear Rotary Club as well as members of the Wesley I & Wesley II Sunday school classes serve as honorary pallbearers. Please meet at the church by 10:30 Saturday morning.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501 or to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 127, Blackshear, GA 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.