Thursday, May 16, 2013 — Clark Donnell Goodrum, 77, of Albemarle, N.C., formerly of Cornelius, N.C., died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, N.C.
If Clark Goodrum had been given one more day of good health, it’s no secret how he would have spent it – gotten up early to bushhog a big field; had a reunion/picnic with all his family and friends where he would give the grandkids rides in the bucket of his TC33 Ford tractor; then driven with Lorene down to the Outer Banks to ride on the beach.
Clark was born in northern Mecklenburg County on November 2, 1935, to Horace Willis Goodrum and Sarah Ellis Caldwell Goodrum.
Growing up, his entire extended family lived and farmed in a beautiful part of North Mecklenburg County that was covered by Lake Norman when the lake was built in 1963. He and his brother, Thomas, grew up surrounded by their aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.
When he was 15 years old, as a 4-H project, Clark planted 15 water oak trees along Gamble Road in front of the homes of his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Those trees are now 70 feet tall and still stand along what is now Torrence Chapel Road in Cornelius.
He loved cars (Ford cars), go carts and tractors – but he especially loved his family.
He married Nancy Ballard in 1957 at Mt. Zion Church in Cornelius and they build a home beside his parents on Gamble Road in 1958. They had three children, Lisa in 1960, Alison in 1964 and Wesley in 1968 and raised them there in the midst of extended family.
Clark went to work for Carolina Tractor when he was 16 years old; then worked his way up to Zone Manager for Ford Tractor Company, calling on dealers in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Several times he was offered further promotions, but that would have meant moving to another state, so he declined in order to keep his family at “home.”