Man dies of heart attack shortly after wife

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Not even death could separate them.

Tommy F. Clark, 67, and his wife, Mary Sue Clark, 53, of Boneville, died of heart attacks within 30 minutes of each other Saturday.

They were known inside and outside of their community as the owners of Boneville Grocery at 2376 Augusta Highway in McDuffie County.

Mr. Clark's oldest son, Tommy F. Clark Jr., of Hephzibah, said his father woke up early Saturday morning and realized his wife was not breathing and had a faint pulse.

He called her son, Billy Sturkey, of Thomson, who was at the grocery store, and told him what was happening. Mr. Clark went to the store to pick up Mr. Sturkey, and on the drive back Mr. Clark suffered a heart attack behind the wheel. Mr. Sturkey was able to get control of the vehicle and drive back to the store, where Mr. Clark died.

Mr. Clark's son said the couple loved each other deeply and were inseparable.

"If you ever saw one, the other was there," he said. "They loved each other to the end. They didn't plan it, but I believe that if my father had made it back to the house and they'd have pronounced her dead, he probably would have had the heart attack right then."

Mr. Clark said his father had owned and operated his store for at least 30 years.

He married Mrs. Clark in 1986 or 1987 -- their son wasn't sure -- and the couple had run the store together ever since.

The store was well known among hunters for its meat processing, Mr. Clark said.

"People would make long trips to the store just to get meat processed because they really liked the way that he did it," he said.

He said his father loved to hunt and fish himself.

The charm of the store and the couple's hospitality kept people coming back.

"You might have been a stranger when you went in, but you wouldn't be a stranger by the time you left," Mr. Clark said.

Tommy F. Clark is also survived by a daughter, Kim Clark Slaton, of Evans; two grandsons and a great-grandson.

Mrs. Clark is also survived by two daughters, Barbara Hope Walker, of Thomson, and Brenda Dawn Sturkey, of Hephzibah; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services for the couple will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bryant Neal officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Reach Jonathan Overstreet at (706) 823-3708 or jonathan.overstreet@augustachronicle.com.

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andrew412
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andrew412 08/31/09 - 12:10 am
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What a touching story. May

What a touching story. May they rest in peace, together.

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Nammy3 08/31/09 - 12:23 am
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"Till Death Do Us Part, NOT".

"Till Death Do Us Part, NOT". How bittersweet. God Bless them and their families and friends.

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ispy4u 08/31/09 - 05:34 am
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WOW!!! Nothing else need to

WOW!!! Nothing else need to be said. May they find peaceful rest, in GOD's loving arms.

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 08/31/09 - 05:56 am
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Awesome!! Our condolences to

Awesome!! Our condolences to the families, but just know they went together and LOVE carried them thru life and into death!!

TheOne
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TheOne 08/31/09 - 06:12 am
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The Tommy I knew will be

The Tommy I knew will be giving someone a hard time on the other side. He was a character for sure. You couldn't help but like the fellow. I will miss him coming into my store. God Bless the Family!

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stillamazed 08/31/09 - 06:49 am
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Did anyone notice there was

Did anyone notice there was no mention of a 911 call? May they both rest in peace and God bless this famiy for both loses.

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irish62009 08/31/09 - 07:53 am
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I'm so sorry for the family's

I'm so sorry for the family's lost.This is not unusual this has happened many times that couples that have been together for a long time,will die within in months,weeks,days or even hours like this couple.May the angels of the next work welcome them both.

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FallingLeaves 08/31/09 - 08:15 am
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It is heartbreak. People

It is heartbreak. People think heartbreak is just emotional sometimes, but it is also physical and can truly damage or stop a heart. My condolences to their loved ones in their loss. (The word is "loss", not "lost", despite the apparent local mispronunciation).

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Newsreader 08/31/09 - 08:30 am
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Yes of the couple were lost,

Yes of the couple were lost, we would have a search party out looking for them. But what we have is a double loss, as they passed away and now the family is less than whole. While it may seem odd, it really is not that strange. Broken Heart Syndrome is a medical fact. It effects humans and pets as well. PS: As for no 911 call, it is possible that Mrs. Clark was ill and expected to pass. And then Mr. Sturkey did call 911 but that was not reported in the story. PSS: Why must some of you worry so much that someone else is doing wrong when you can not even spell or write a blog entry? This was not a news story, it was a human interest story regarding a widely known local couple.

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bibi_itsme 08/31/09 - 08:57 am
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This couple was an awesome

This couple was an awesome couple. My family visited them probably weekly. Yes...Tommy is surely giving someone a hard time regardless. They really were the good people the article says they were. Sue was a super strong woman and Tommy, well Tommy was Tommy!! To know them was to love them. They will be missed so much in the Thomson and Boneville area. These were totally unexpected deaths. God bless both of their families. They will be sorely missed.

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sugarbutton 08/31/09 - 09:55 am
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I didn't know them, but my

I didn't know them, but my grandparents lived in Boneville in the 50' & 60's and I recall it being such a quaint and happy place and it's fitting that they lived there and "Loved Endlessly".
This is such a heart warming story. The world should have more people that are thought of in this way. I picture them being humble and not even knowing how many friends they attracted with their personalities. C'mon world....Let's live simply and love earnestly. What a way to go.

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reesiecup 08/31/09 - 11:15 am
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A true "notebook" ending, may

A true "notebook" ending, may they rest in peace....

irish62009
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irish62009 08/31/09 - 11:17 am
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Lost was a typo as was work

Lost was a typo as was work instead of world,all you judges of intellect out there,may the Goddess show you "your errors"

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juliebac 08/31/09 - 11:21 am
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God bless.

God bless.

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pommom38 08/31/09 - 03:30 pm
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it was actually nice being

it was actually nice being able to read a heartwarming article about love to the end, and how much they were respected by those who knew and loved them.
Thoughts and prayers to the families.

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marien 08/31/09 - 08:30 pm
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My prayers to the family. My

My prayers to the family. My parents both died on the same day and month, but 23 years apart.

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BombquishaDavis 09/01/09 - 01:12 pm
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My heart goes out to the

My heart goes out to the family. We should ALL be blessed to have someone who loves us that much. May you find comfort in Him: He loves us and gave His life for us.

Meanwhile, good people, love one another.

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corgimom 09/01/09 - 02:49 pm
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What does not calling 911

What does not calling 911 have to do with any of this? How sad that the family would have to read something like that.

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sassygirl12 09/01/09 - 07:40 pm
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how aweful. God bless this

how aweful. God bless this family

msneutral
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msneutral 09/01/09 - 10:36 pm
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Very touching story. May God

Very touching story. May God give the family peace.

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