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Clarence Thomas "Tom" Barks

March 10, 1929 — August 15, 2022

St. Johns

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     Clarence Thomas "Tom" Barks, age 93, of DeWitt, MI, passed away Monday, August 15, 2022, at his home.

     Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Tim Knaus officiating.  Burial will take place at South Bingham Township Cemetery, St. Johns, MI.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

     Tom was born in South Bend, Indiana on March 10, 1929, the son of Clarence Isaac and Ada Ella (Sult) Barks. Tom graduated from John Adams High School, South Bend, IN with the class of 1946. He married Betty Lea Dean on March 28, 1964 by her father at the Pilgrim Holiness Church on Ruth Street in Flint, Michigan.  They were blessed with 58 years of marriage.

     Tom retired from Oldsmobile after 44 years of service. After retirement he became interested in clock repair.  He would purchase clocks at flea markets to fix up and give to family and friends. Tom enjoyed tinkering and was able to repair most anything.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He was a member of St. Johns First Baptist Church, St. Johns, MI 48879.

     He is survived by his wife Betty Barks, daughter Nancy House; daughter Sara Smith; son Paul Thomas and Jeanine Barks; son Bryan John and Kris Barks; seven grandchildren: Brad Barks, Tiffany Barks, Zachary Barks, Sarah Barks, Anne Barks, Rachel House, and Jennifer Barks; great-grandchildren: Aiden Miller, and David Onishi.  He is also survived by his sister Edna Blackstone and sister-in-law Kay Barks.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Andrew Barks, great-granddaughter Brimley Barks, and siblings: Dora (Atley) Moffett, Alice (Sam) Knox, and Edward Barks.

     Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 512 S. Whittemore St., St. Johns, MI 48879 or to Sparrow Hospice, 1210 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48195. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Johns

104 East Cass Street , St. Johns, MI 48879

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Funeral Service

Thursday, August 18, 2022

11:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Johns

104 East Cass Street , St. Johns, MI 48879

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Burial

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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