Hugh Vernon ‘Pop’ Clark, 75, danced every chance he got

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Hugh Vernon Clark
Hugh Vernon Clark

Hugh Vernon ‘Pop’ Clark, 75, of Leland, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 20, 2016. He was a native of Raleigh, and a resident of Leland.

He married his sweetheart, Nancy Lennon Clark, and is survived by her and their three children including son, Michael Clark (Janet) of Raleigh, son, Greg Clark (Wendy) of Wake Forest and daughter, Teresa Leazer (Neal) of Apex. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chris Clark (Tabitha) of Currie, Jared and Megan of Wake Forest and Kaylee and Katrina of Raleigh. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Aria and Drake of Currie; brother, Victor Clark (Linda) of Raleigh; brother-in-law, Billy Lennon of Leland and brother-in-law, Don Lennon (Billie Mae) of Greenville; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Zachary and Nannie Clark; and brother, Wesley, of Raleigh. Vernon was born June 6, 1940, in Wake County. After high school he served in U.S. Army Reserves, and then he went on to become a heavy equipment operator on many construction projects.

Vernon enjoyed working with his hands, especially on the family farm, traveling, cheering for ‘his’ Carolina basketball team, watching old westerns and meeting new people. He never met a stranger, made friends everywhere he went and was loved by everyone who met him. He danced every chance he got and loved music. He had a special dance he would do every time he would hear music. He was most passionate about his family and friends, working hard, fishing, golfing and giving hugs.

Vernon was a tireless worker in the Leland community who loved helping people. He was also a faithful Christian who served with the Baptist Men and enjoyed serving on various missions trips. His church home was Goshen Baptist Church and Church of the Living God, where he enjoyed music and fellowship.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, at Goshen Baptist Church in Leland. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. just prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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