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James Benjamin “Jamie” Clarke Jr., 65, of Great Mills died Nov. 20, 2012, with his family by his side in Baltimore.
Born July 18, 1947, he was the son of James Benjamin Clarke Sr. and the late Bertha Cecelia (Thompson) Clarke of Lexington Park.
After 16 years of courtship he married Lillian Raley on April 1, 2006, at Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills. He is survived by his children, Sonie Hubbard of Florida, Tabatha Bennett (Bryan) of South Carolina and Kristine “Hubba” Hubbard (James Keister) and Joshua “Bubba” Hubbard, both of Maryland; grandson, Garrett Bennett; and siblings, Dennis Clarke of Park Hall, Cecelia Warn of St. Inigoes and Mary Johnson (Dean) of Lusby. He was preceded in death by nephew, Kevin Clarke; mother-in-law, Frances Raley; and sister-in-law, Joyce “Darlene” Connelly.
He graduated from Ryken High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as an artilleryman in the 1st Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Army Commendation Medal and Vietnam Companion Medal.
For the past 15 years he was employed with Carroll’s Equipment in Dameron, but held various jobs over the years as a tow truck driver for Dyson’s Service Center, as an employee of Great Mills Trading Post, and he spent 17 years as collections officer at the First National Bank of St. Mary’s before retiring.
As a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, he had many friends and he would stop and chat wherever he would go. He loved spending time with family. He liked to visit the Big Red One and Vietnam memorials in Washington, D.C., and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2632 in California. He enjoyed sports and spent many years coaching and playing softball. He was a Blue Crabs Baseball fan and enjoyed sports, taking walks, reality TV, collecting things in his crazy pockets and being a grandpa.
The family received friends and prayers were recited Nov. 26 at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 27, at Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills, with the Rev. Joseph Sileo officiating. Interment was private. Pallbearers were Stanley Herd, Duke McQuiggan, James Black, Matthew Stauffer, David Norris, Jimmy Wathen, Francis Russell and Stephen Quade. Honorary pallbearers were Jessica Sotelo, Joseph Bowling, Wendy Border, Steven Harrier, Jimmy Keister and James “J.D.” Dews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1440, California, MD 20619; Lexington Park Volunteer Resue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653; and/or VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Road, California, MD 20619.