Leland "Clark" Chilton

Born in Nashville, TN on March 28, 1939

Departed on September 6, 2019 and resided in Antioch, TN

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Leland Clark Chilton, Jr.  Born 3/28/1939, Died 9/6/2019

Predeceased by his father, Leland Clark Chilton, Sr. and mother, Thelma Dean Chilton.  Survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Patrick Chilton; brother, Cooper Chilton; daughters, Cindy Schow (Gary, Sr.), Shari Gackstetter (Joe) and Shelley Cheek (David); grandchildren, Heather Schow,  Gary Schow, Jr., Taylor Schow, Bryan Schow, Kara Cheek, and Bradley Cheek; greatgrandchildren Benjamin Schow and Theo Schow; also his best buddy, a devoted and playful Jack Russell Terrier named Baxter.

As an owner or executive, in advertising and merchandising, Clark was a workaholic.  From his mother, he inherited his artistic abilities, as is exhibited in his work and in stained glass. From his father he inherited his mechanical abilities, love of anything with an engine, and love of work.  From both he inherited a love of people, nature, and especially, the water. He enjoyed the good times with his friends at Party Island and Party Cove and at his brother’s farm, especially watching Baxter play “volleyball” with any sucker in the swimming pool. Clark was an adventuresome type being a Scuba Divemaster and airplane pilot.  He loved flying, fast boats, nice clothes, and fancy cars.  He strove to enjoy life to the fullest.

He was married to his “Special Angel” Gwen.  During his bad days, at the end of his life, Gwen tirelessly waited on him hand and foot, even performing 8 minutes of CPR, until the EMT’s arrived.  He and the rest of his family greatly appreciated Gwen and her caring devotion to Clark.

A private celebration of Clark’s life will be held at a later time.

Donations, in his memory, may be made to the Nashville Humane Society or your favorite charity in his honor.




5 Comments to Jr. Leland "Clark" Chilton

  1. Rod jeffries
    September 13, 2019 12:17 pm

    Prayers to the family of Clark. He was truly a pleasure to work with during my years at SMC.
    Rod Jeffries

  2. David Trachtenberg
    September 13, 2019 10:19 pm

    I met Clark in 1976 when I started working at Service and still have the wedding gift that Clark gave Kim and I when we married in 1983. Rest In Peace Clark.

  3. Barbara Mathieson
    September 15, 2019 6:36 pm

    Clark was my first boss at Service Merchandise. We had some great times in the advertising department. My sympathies to his children and grand children.

  4. Marilyn Todd
    September 16, 2019 2:51 pm

    He was obviously a wonderful husband and a Gifted Man. I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. jan robinson
    February 5, 2020 12:17 pm

    I first met Clark at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico. I was maid of honor at his and Tina’s Wedding. Such a fun guy
    I am sure he is missed by many. RIP friend.

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