Rose Clark will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Feb. 19, 2011. She is one of 11 children born to the late Oscar and Julia Arnold on a small farm in Macon County. She married Wiley Clark in 1929 and was blessed with three sons, Kenneth, Doyle and Gary.
Rose remembers her first year of marriage well. She and Wiley lived in a lumber camp in Nantahala, where he cut acid wood and she cooked for the lumberjacks. After moving back to Franklin, Wiley worked in construction most of his life, and Rose took care of their children and kept their home and garden in shape. Over the years, she welcomed daughters-in-law into her family and became a loving grandmother to Rick, Robin, Tim, Gary Jr., Richard, and Tracy. She now enjoys spending time with all of them, her greatgrandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
After her children were grown, she worked for many years in various stores on Main Street in Franklin. She still enjoys gardening, cooking, and taking her daily walks. She is the oldest member of Bethel United Methodist Church and a friend to many in Macon County.
Everyone is invited to join Rose for her 100th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Franklin Covenant Church, 265 Belleview Park Road, Franklin. There will be a pot luck lunch and live entertainment provided by the Dendy Family, Men Macon Music, and various speakers. Bring a favorite covered dish and an appetite for food, fellowship and fun.