James Clark Obituary, In Loving Memory Of James Clark


James Clark Obituary, Death – On December 18, 2023, the Dalton community lost a true Daltonian, James “Jim” Lafayette Clark, Jr. Born on February 21, 1961, to the late Betty Ann and Jimmy Clark, Jim was a cherished member of Dalton, and his passing leaves a void in the hearts of many. A proud graduate of Dalton High School in 1979, Jim pursued higher education at the University of Georgia, where he earned his degree in 1984. His Bulldog spirit endured, and he remained a dedicated fan, passionately cheering for his alma mater every fall Saturday.

Described as “old school,” Jim’s love for classic rock, fishing, and storytelling about the good old days made him a beloved figure among family and friends. Jim is survived by his loving daughters, Lauren (Trey) Miller of Nashville and Molly (Joe) Young of Dalton. He leaves behind a sister, Beth (Jon) Rackley, and is fondly remembered by his nephew Colby (Chelsea) Henton and niece Meral Henton. Jim’s legacy continues through his greatest joy—his four grandchildren: Shaw, Callaway, Ward, and Worth. Known as “Granddad Jim,” he was an active, engaged, and wonderful grandfather whose playful spirit brought joy to his family.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to Hamilton Medical Center, especially Dr. Selwin Abraham of the Cardiology Department and Adam Ridley, Physician Assistant, for their exceptional care. A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at First Baptist Church of Dalton on Thursday, December 21, at 11:00 AM, with a visitation preceding from 9:30 AM to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions in Jim’s memory to be made to The First Foundation at First Baptist Church of Dalton. As we bid farewell to Jim, may his spirit live on in the cherished memories and stories shared by those who knew and loved him.