Henderson County News: Funeral scheduled for Dixie Diner owner

A tribute shows Marty and Paula Clark around 30 years ago, a more recent photo and the message ‘She’s watching over us’.

A funeral service has been announced for Paulette Gibbs “Paula” Clark, the longtime waitress at the Dixie Diner who died May 13 following a brutal beating.

Clark, 60, of Hendersonville, died while hospitalized at Pardee UNC Health Care a week after being brutally beaten in her home. A native and longtime resident of Henderson County, she was the daughter of Ralph “Eddie” Gibbs Sr. and the late Viola Ann Gibbs. She was also predeceased by her aunts, Patsy, Joyce and Brenda; uncles, Jerry Gibbs and Harley “Latt” Edwards; his grandmother Edwards, Papaw Edwards and his great-grandchild, Prince.

A member of the Upward Baptist Church, Clark had owned and operated Dixie Diner in Laurel Park since January of this year. She had been in the restaurant business for her entire professional career. Paula loved the beach, especially trips to Isle of Palms, South Carolina. She loved flowers and took care of her flower garden. Her customers brought her great joy and she loved being able to serve them. She always put her family members first as they were a constant priority in her life.

She is survived by her husband, with whom she had spent 39 years, Martin “Marty” Clark; father, Ralph E. “Eddie” Gibbs Sr.; children, Jennifer Marie Gregory, Christy Michelle Owen, Maurice Jones Jr. and Latasha Brooke Jones; his brother, Ralph E. Gibbs Jr. and his nephew Ethan Jacob Gibbs. She was Nana of 18 surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at Upward Baptist Church under the direction of Reverend Dan Blackwell. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the unexpected financial burden of the family they find themselves in with Clark’s sudden passing. visit here.

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