The families of David Lee Clark and his daughter Elisha Marie Smith, would like to take this time to say THANK YOU, to all who responded to them on February 17, and days following the tragic train/car crash that took their lives, and injured three of Elisha’s children.
Thank you for all your kind words actions and deeds. Chief Godfrey and Baxley Police, thanks for the diligence in locating David’s wife and getting her to the hospital, and for the time you took that evening to talk with her and comfort her. Appling County EMS and hospital staff, and the Life Flight Crew thanks for the medical treatment for the surviving children and the dignity shown in dealing with the deceased. Your care and kindness was seen and appreciated. Sgt. Garner and GSP 809, who investigated the crash, we say thank you. Sgt. Garner called repeatedly to check on Ryan and Crystal and their conditions, and keeping me apprised throughout the investigation of the crash and his findings. Your kindness and concern was much appreciated. Also to Trooper BJ, who came to Savannah Memorial to check on the children and bring two new booster seats for them. Mr. Thomas Birmingham with Norfolk Southern thanks for your care and concern and keeping me informed throughout the investigation. Walmart, for allowing a fundraiser to help with funeral costs, thanks to all who stopped and made a donation small or large and helped greatly, and flowers sent. Also to the members of Home and Garden Dept. who brought a flower and attended the funeral. To all those who made the trip to Rochelle, to offer comfort and pay last respects to David and Elisha. Mrs. Brenda Hallman at Wheels to Work thanks so much for all your prayers and help in settling the issues with the vehicle. Special thanks to Mr. Jamie Dyal, and a friend and boss man of David who was there from the first word of the tragedy to the end, and who bought a new car seat so that we could bring Mikel home from the hospital, you were a true friend to David and continue to be to his family. We could go on and on with the great acts shown to the family, but space won’t allow. It is great to be in a community that reaches out those it doesn’t even know and bestow acts of kindness and love upon them at such a tragic time. We wish we could thank each and everyone personally, but it is just not possible. We feel the prayers and ask that you continue to pray for the families as they recover from the tragedy and try to return to life without our loved ones. May God bless and keep each and everyone. The children injured are doing well, still going to therapy and getting better.
Friends this was a tragic loss of life that didn’t have to be, we don’t know the answers as to why, it happened or why the car didn’t stop, we may never know. But please for the lives of yourself, friends and family, please take railroad crossings seriously. Never go around stop arms, listen for the horns and don’t risk it all trying to beat a train.
Lucas C. Allison-Clark Family Spokesperson