James David Clark

Staff Written Obituaries

James David Clark, 56 of Madison, died April 14, 2019.  Born in Madison, Dave was the son of Doris Hilsman Clark and the late, Carroll Clark. Dave was preceded in death by his son, Brent Clark. He was a lifelong farmer. He was an outdoorsman, a devoted father and grandfather.  

Dave Clark is survived by his two daughters Ashley Burt and Daniel and Megan Bell and Brett. He leaves three grandchildren; Clark Burt, Ellis Burt, and Bren Bell.  Dave is also survived by his mother, Doris Clark, a sister, Kathy Daniel and Randy as well as nephews.  Dave Clark also leaves numerous friends and associates.

Dave Clark grew up working on his grandparents’ dairy operation before he started his own in 1979. He began with 40 cows and no land. Through hard work and the drive to continually improve, Clark’s dairy farm grew to 1,000 cows and is currently known as one of the top dairy herds in Georgia. His investment in the well-being of his cows and employees is demonstrated each year when Godfrey Dairy Farm is named as a recipient for the Georgia Cream of the Crop and Milk Quality awards. 

In September 2000, Clark was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Georgia Milk Producers, Inc.  For 19 years, he faithfully represented the dairy producers in his district and served as an integral part of the organization. Clark also served on the Southeast DHIA and American Dairy Association of Georgia Board of Directors.

Dave and employees continually give back to the community by hosting several educational farm tours each year for school and producer groups.  They also provide dairy heifers for many 4-H and FFA members in central Georgia. Through his generosity and kind spirit, he touched many lives in Georgia.

The family of Dave Clark received friends on Friday, April 19 at A.E. Carter Funeral Home at 1 pm.  A memorial service was held at 2 pm in the chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Godfrey Community Park 1001 Antioch Church Road Madison, GA 30650 or to the GA Dairy youth Foundation 1641 New High Shoals Road, Ste 5 Watkinsville, GA 30677.

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