WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A friend of my mine died recently, and he's what I would call a salt-of-the-earth, good and decent person.
I hadn't known him long, but Louie Clark treated me like a life-long friend, and he was like that with just about everyone he came in contact with. You could tell that by the number of people who attended and spoke at his funeral.
What is it about this man who touched so many lives?
Louie wasn't famous or wealthy. For nearly 38 years he delivered mail, and when he retired from that, he got a job bagging groceries at Harris Teeter.
It's in those jobs - where he was connected with people - you could learn what made him special. I think he was special because everyone he met was special to him.
Louie never met a stranger, and he never had a mean word to say. I knew him from church, and I found him to be a world class example of what it means to keep your light shinning.
I sincerely hope you have a Louie Clark in your life, but more than that - I hope we can learn to be like Louie - and be known and remembered for bringing joy, love and laughter to others.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at email@example.com.
Responses from viewers:
Louie was truly a great person! He was a sergeant in my reserve unit. I served under him as an enlisted man and as a newly commissioned 2nd lieutenant, I was his platoon leader: he, my platoon sergeant.
He was very gracious as he taught me to lead.
Later, when my mother was in the nursing home, she was delighted as was I, when he would often bring a group to sing for them.
I miss the "Louies" in my life. Thank you for remembering him!
Thank you so much for that beautiful commentary. I know my Mom and sister will be proud too! Dad was, as you say, a wonderful example for everyone and if we can all only be half the person he was, what a better place this world would be.
What a beautiful piece. I too knew Louie and he is person none of us will soon forget. A true angel walking among us. Thanks for your kind words.
Thank you for the wonderful commentary on my friend Louie Clark. I think the best way to honor him and his memory is to try and treat others with the welcoming friendship and love that he did.
You're right, Louie Clark was a great guy.
I met him 49 years ago in the Army Reserve on Greenfield Lake,
Louie had earned sergeant stripes in Korea. He was always a leader and was always smiling.. Part of his joy had to be his wife and children, I met them also.
My favorite memory was a couple of years later. I was working in the old drug store down Vance Street behind Channel 6. Louie was the mail man for that area. The Post Office had issued him one of the Cushman scooters that was popular back then. Louie always had a smile and a cheerful word for everyone. But the best part of Louie was his great and powerful voice that he used to sing joyfully at the top of his lungs as he made his rounds. Oft times you could hear Louie as he made his rounds, even if you could not see him, if you were outside.
His tour of duty with Harris Teeter was a feather in his cap and theirs.
Fair well and Godspeed Louie
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