Dr. William Boone Clarke

Death 1906 (aged 71–72)
Burial Belen, Quitman County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 26922454 · View Source
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"Dr. W. B. Clarke died at Marks at the age of seventy-three years. While at Tocowa, last February, he was stricken with paralysis, from the effects of which he never recovered, and for nearly four months he was as helpless as an infant. He was born in Caldwell County, North Carolina, and received his education at the common schools of that county, finishing at Charleston, South Carolina. He studied medicine at Charleston before the war, and for a short time was located in his home town. In 1847, he was married to Miss Emma Powell of Lenoir, North Carolina, and shortly afterwards moved to Mississippi. At the beginning of the War between the States, he enlisted with the Magnolia Guards, a company made up in Calhoun County, and afterwards transferred to a North Carolina Regiment, having been made captain of a company made up of his boyhood friends and schoolmates. At he close of the war, he again moved to Mississippi, locating at Serepta, Calhoun County, where he followed his chosen profession.

"In 1891, he moved to Quitman County and for ten years, with the writer of this article, was engaged in publishing the 'Quitman Quill.' In 1904, he (and the writer) moved to Gulfport and founded the 'South Mississippi Times.'

"Deciding that Quitman was the best county in the world, he returned, where he lived with his son and assisted in publishing the 'Review'; he was the father of four children, only one of whom is now living; he is survived by one son, two grandchildren, and three brothers who live in North Carolina, his wife dying in 1903. He was a Mason and believed with all his soul in the noble teachings of that order; was not a church member, but opposed profanity and the violation of the Sabbath, and honored his creator with more reverence than many who pray aloud and worship on the street corners. Even though he had his faults, his acts of kindness and deeds of charity are numberless.
We have known him many, many times to ride in rains and snows in the dead hours of night to relieve some suffering human being, when no pay was expected and no charges made. We have lived under the same roof with him for thirty-three years, and we have never known him to turn a human being from his door hungry.

"As a husband he was kind and good; as a father, a better man to his children never lived. We believe that his good deeds, a hundred to one, overbalance his faults, and that he will receive his reward in a brighter, better land.

"His remains were laid to rest at Belen by the side of the loved ones gone before, his burial being conducted with Masonic rites."

This article was written by Eugene Clark, son of the deceased, for the Quitman Quill, owned and operated by father and son.

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  • Created by: L. P. Stephens
  • Added: 18 May 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 26922454
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr. William Boone Clarke (1834–1906), Find a Grave Memorial no. 26922454, citing Belen Cemetery, Belen, Quitman County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by L. P. Stephens (contributor 46981595) .