By VERONICA GORDON
The Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 24 as Cecil Clark Day to mark the 100th birthday of the long-time Buda resident.
“Clark has contributed much to his community and the county,” said Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones.
Jones will be showing the Hays County Historical Commission’s video interview with Clark at 6 p.m., Wednesday in the Kunkel room at Buda Elementary.
“Everyone is invited to honor someone that has given so much and has been a big part of what made Buda what it was, what it is and what it will be for generations,” Jones said.
“There have been a lot of people who have lived to be 100, but Cecil Clark has lived 100 years,” Jones said. “He remains active in Hays County to this very day.”
Clark attended the proclamation signing Tuesday along with family members and listened while the court and his next-door neighbor, Buda City Council Member Todd Ruge, lauded his work ethic and family history.
A long-time caretaker of Martin Church Cemetery and Live Oak Cemetery, Clark ran Clark’s Grocery in Buda for many years. He later worked as a meat cutter for another market in the community.
Jones told those gathered that he grew up on the same street where the Clark family lives.
Jones said Clark and his family give Buda the sense of community like that of Mayberry from the “Andy Griffith Show.”
Read more about Clark in this week’s issue of the Hays Free Press and the November issue of All Around Hays on stands next week.