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Aug 31, 2012 10:40 PM by Josh Breslow

Family, Friends Mourn Motorcyclist Killed In Rowan County Crash

Family and friends of a Carter County grandfather are grieving the loss of a man killed Friday afternoon in a motorcycle wreck.

Hubert Clark, 69, died around 4 p.m. about four miles down Christy Creek Road in Rowan County, when investigators said Clark missed a curve and slammed into a rock wall.

"He's a dying breed, that's for sure," said Clark's cousin, Ricky Osborne. "He was always wanting to help somebody. Willing to help, you know? It didn't matter where in the world he was at."

The 69-year-old was a retired truck driver, a Vietnam veteran, a father, and a grandfather.

"He was a hardcore trucker and just an honest, good man and you could always depend on him," Osborne said.

"We just heard there was an accident at the curve and it was a motorcycle and always that close to home, we worry about everybody," said Dorothy Osborne, a friend of Clark's. "It hurts us all because we were all close to Hubert."

Dorothy Osborne knew Clark for decades, always thinking of him as a member of her own family: "He was just like a papaw to my daughter when she was a baby and she's 20 now."

"It's a terrible loss," said Ricky Osborne. "We're really gonna miss him."

Clark's daughter told LEX 18 that her father was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. She hopes his death will serve as a reminder to motorcyclists to take all of the necessary safety precautions.

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