Baggage and Section Man
Lived in Water
Valley and South Fulton KY while working on the railroad
Carol County , TN
William Clark was born 1901 in Carrol County TN. He attended Carrol County Schools.
Moved to Water Valley-Fulton area as a young man. A few years later met and married his wife Virginia. Lived in Water Valley until the Mid 50's then moved to South Fulton. (passed 1978)
He work as baggage and mail handler for ICRR in the mid 40's until these jobs were terminated, at that time he was old enough to retire.(I do not know if that's when the passenger trains stopped coming through here or what). Prior to working here in Fulton He first worked for ICRR based in Water Valley where the rail cars ran the tracks working on the tracks area and installing new rails where needed.
Submitted, respectfully by his daughter, Sue Jones
Sue Clark Patterson Jones daughter of Will Clark, Section Worker
First African American Employee for the City of Fulton KY
Sue Patterson Jones was born and raised in the Fulton County area. She attended elementary School in Pryorsburg, KY and Dumbar High School in Mayfield, KY. She belonged to the Choir and the Drama Club; she served on the yearbook staff. Following high school she attended Kentucky State University and the University of Tennessee at Martin. She also served in the US Army for almost three years. After life in the army she held many positions in the public sector beginning with writing insurance, substitute teaching, and then going on to become a dispatcher for the Fulton Police Department for 19 years.
Today she is currently an administrative assistant for the Fulton Public Works, where she has dedicated 19 years, as the longest serving African American employee. She is married to Frederick Jones and has one daughter Franeisha Jones and two sons, Dereke and Kenny Patterson.
Sue is also an active member in her church, Highway 45 Church of Christ and is also the Queen of the Red Hat Society in Fulton Kentucky.
Her daughter Franeisha, (a university graduate student) lovingly describes her ….
A woman once said that the best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks. It is in those moments that I know my mother loves me unconditionally. My mother is a quiet woman, but she doesn’t have to say anything for me to know that she loves me and will do anything for me. She is the most beautiful woman I know. Her beauty flows through her veins and into the depths of her soul outpouring in all that she does. She is the most selfless woman I have ever met and her strength is unimaginable; owning a strength that I strive to achieve. My mother is a giver; she puts the needs of everyone around her before her own. One thing that is certain about her, is that she never takes time for herself, whether she’s taking numerous trips to the grocery store, cooking dinner for her family, making pies for someone, doing the church books or keeping people company. One thing is certain and that is that she never sits down, which keeps me worrying. I often complain to her about how she needs to take a break and rest, but she brushes me off by reassuring me that she is fine. I fear that she is going to over do herself and I’ve learned that is a part of who she is and it will never change.
Sue is a mother to many and is loved by those who know her best.. This woman is my Mom, but you know her as Sue Patterson. Many of you probably relate to some of the things that I have mentioned because for some she more than just Sue to you. Her life has been full of accomplishments. Mothers are tenderhearted, warm, kind, loving and sometimes even sassy. My mother represents all of those characteristics and motherhood in such a magnificent way. I could not ask for a better mother and I think many would agree. In one of her many books Maya Angelou, wrote, “Yes. It is true. I was created in you. It is also true that you were created for me. I own your voice. It was shaped and tuned to sooth me. Your arms were molded into a cradle to hold me, to rock me. The scent of your body was the air perfumed for me to breathe." My mother was made especially for me and me for her and God made her perfect and each day that I awake I know that I could not ask for a better mother and I thank God that he picked me for her and her for you!