Thursday, May 16, 2013 —
He retired from the Tractor Division of Ford Motor Company in 1992 after 40 plus years of dedicated service. He enjoyed his work, was very loyal to the company and made many lifetime friends throughout his career.
He served in the NC Air National Guard from November 1953, until January 1962, and spent one weekend a month on active duty.
Clark loved racing long before there was NASCAR, and always pulled for the Ford cars. The best Sunday afternoons were spent in his favorite recliner watching a race. He also loved taking the boat out on Lake Norman. He kept the boat at Holiday Harbor Marina where they made other lifelong friends and all those families would spend weekends on the lake, on “their beach.”
He married Lorene Sides Goodrum on November 27, 2004, and joined their families together. He and Lorene shared many of the same interests – landscaping and gardening, Ford tractors and cars, traveling to the Outer Banks and spending time with family and friends.
Clark grew up in Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a long-time and current member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, N.C.
He was a member of the American Legion, Post 321 in Huntersville, N.C., the Scottish Rite of the Valley of Charlotte and he was a Shriner. Clark was a Mason for more than 50 years in the Williams Lodge #0176.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace Willis Goodrum (1983) and Sarah Ellis Caldwell Goodrum (1997), an infant sister, Barbara Ann, and his wife, Nancy Ballard Goodrum (2003).
He is survived by his wife, Lorene Sides Goodrum, of Albemarle; his brother, Thomas Goodrum (Jackie), of Cumming, Ga.; three children, Lisa Bambach (John), Alison Hendren (Johnnie) and Wesley Goodrum (Amy); three stepchildren, Dean Barbee (Karen), Paula Crisco (Scott) and Todd Barbee (Susanna); 11 grandchildren: Emma Grace Goodrum, Mark Bambach, Amy Hendren Shoe (Donnie), Charles Hendren (Julia), Jessica Barbee, Kelsie Barbee, Noah Crisco, Brooks Barbee, Case Barbee, Nastya Barkova, Tanya Rusakovich; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and five great-grandchildren.