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GETTYSBURG/NAPLES, FL Clark S. Smith, 102, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Clark was always known for his straight forward manner and his ability to get the job done. He began college at 16, and was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, in 1932 and from the Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1935. He managing to pay for his college education by selling magazines and shoes and by taking various other jobs during the Depression. Clark had many careers in his life. He started out as a minister in a small church in Burkittsville, Maryland. He then became the pastor at St. Stephen's church in York, where he greatly expanded the membership. Whether this was due to his sermons or the salesmanship he learned in college is not clear. Clark went on to join his wife's family in the furniture business and eventually became an owner, with his brother-in-law, of Hanover Made Furniture. After he sold his half of the business, he became CFO of the Hoffman Home for Children. In 1973 he served a term in the Pennsylvania legislature. Clark devoted his life to a multitude of civic organizations. He served as President of the Adams County United Way and the Annie M. Warner Hospital. Clark also served as Campaign Director of fund drives for both organizations. He was Treasurer of both the Adams County Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and was President of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg. He was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Gettysburg. Clark was a devoted parent and grandparent. He was an exceptional role model for his family and many of his children's friends. His philosophy of life was guided by his religious background, giving him strength in times of adversity. Clark had a great sense of humor; he loved to tease and joke. He loved a party, loved scotch, loved to dance, was a great athlete and loved golf. His low score was a 63, he won the Pennsylvania seniors tournament seven years in a row and he even played golf with President Eisenhower at the Gettysburg Country Club. Clark was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Jones Smith in 1960 and his wife Janet O. Smith in 2005. He is survived by his son, Philip J. Smith and his wife Ann, his daughter, Margaret C. Smith and her husband Shapleigh, his three grandchildren, Jay Smith, McKee Macdonald and Maggie Macdonald and two great-granddaughters, Tallulah and Matilda Macdonald. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Young and her husband Charles as well as four nieces and two nephews. Clark lived a long life, full of service. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 :00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Gettysburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the Clark S. Smith Scholarship Fund, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 W. James Street, Lancaster, PA. 17603. Online obituary and condolences available at
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Nov. 1, 2014
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