Clark  Heindel


Sydney Clark Heindel III, 69, died Sunday, May 12, 2019. He leaves behind a daughter, Brooke Heindel, her mother and Clark's former wife, Juli, his parents, Sydney and Sarah Heindel, a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Renee Heindel, and three nephews, Frankie, Joey and Nick. Clark was preceded in death by his son, Jake Heindel. He is also survived by many cousins and a wealth of friends and colleagues.
Born and raised in Cornelia, Ga. surrounded by his beloved grandparents and the natural splendor of a farm at the foot of the mountains. His parents, in the interest of a superior education, sent him to live in Barrington, Rhode Island. He attended Moses Brown Prep School and excelled in both football and lacrosse. Clark graduated from Moses Brown in 1968 and enrolled at Vanderbilt University from which he graduated with a degree in psychology in 1972.
Clark pursued a doctoral degree at the University of Georgia in educational psychology. He had a passion for the cause of human flourishing and human liberty. A close student of mythology, he maintained a lifelong interest in archetypes driving our behavior. Clark earned his doctorate in 1978 with a dissertation on Jim Morrison that currently is found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Clark's career in counseling began in Savannah in 1978 with prison therapy. He moved to Milledgeville in 1982 where he continued to work for the state as a therapist in the prison system. He established his own private practice in Milledgeville in the mid-1990s and enjoyed many years of a flourishing practice until his retirement in 2014.
Clark was a devotee of yoga going back to the '70s. He bought a building in downtown Milledgeville that he restored and opened as Good Karma in 2014. He received his advanced yoga certification in Spain. It quickly became a locus for creative people and healthy living in the community. Always active and engaged, he was a serious gardener, brilliant cook, enthusiastic musician, worldly traveler, lifelong reader, and supportive friend. He touched many lives through his high spirits and charismatic presence. He was a rare person.
Clark spent his life helping others battle their problems from addiction to losses suffered, to private demons, doubts and other disabilities he helped most. When successful, he was ecstatic; when not, he was personally burdened. He brought his tremendous skill sets to deal with his own great loss and other issues. The loss of a friend on his "watch" was a burden too great to bear. With the love and support of Brooke and other family and friends, he won most of his battles and considered that he had had a "great life."
A private memorial service will be held in Charleston, S.C.
Bob Dylan said, 'Take care of all of your memories, for you cannot relive them." Visit online obituary at
Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on May 14, 2019
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Ellis Loyd
May 17, 2019
I was a camp counselor with Clark at Camp Cherokee for Boys in the late 1960s, and remember him as a most outstanding person and counselor. Another counselor, Wayne Pope, to this day credits Clark with saving his life on a canoe trip when Wayne seriously injured his leg in rough rapids and Clark with one arm pulled Wayne into his canoe. I always wished Clark could have spent more summers at Cherokee, for he was a truly outstanding person. I don't think I knew at the time that he had attended Moses Brown; later I did graduate work at Brown Uniiversity nearby; I'm sure he had fond memories of his time in Providence as well as his years at Vanderbilt. He introduced lacrosse to campers and ...naturally made it a huge hit as an activity. He was so modest, so intelligent, so multi-talented, so charismatic. Life doesn't offer happy endings, but I'm glad to know he lived so well and gave so much. I am so, so sorry for your loss.Read more
Cynthia Alby
May 15, 2019
Brooke, I did not know your dad well, but I did enjoy serving on the board of the Green Market with him, and I have always loved Good Karma. I love that he is survived by “a wealth of friends” which I definitely know to be true. Keeping you in my thoughts! - Cynthia
John Giannini
May 15, 2019
I remember many great conversations with Clark back in the 1970’s at the University of Georgia. Clark was always interested in hearing what others had to say. Clark was instrumental in getting UGA’s lacrosse program off to a sound start. Clark played lacrosse well; on the field he was a fierce warrior as I know he was off the field, as well. A wonderful soul.
Luecreasia Faust
May 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family'. RIP Clark
Greg Jurkovic
May 14, 2019
Clark was in my thoughts again several days ago. Not only was he an inspiration for my work in experiential group therapy with court-involved youth, he gently and lovingly helped me when I suffered a near fatal heart attack while playing tennis together 12 years ago. Clark, your incredibly positive influence on me and so many others will continue to live on. God bless you.
Barb Collins
May 14, 2019
I enjoyed Clarkes friendship many years ago while working in the same facility. He was pleasant and always smiling! 🙏
Charlie seabrooks
May 14, 2019
I just heard about Clark he taught me joga use to go to his house and practice.on my lunch break.
Lori Jurkovic
May 14, 2019
Clark was playing tennis in St. Simons, GA in October, 2007 with my husband, Greg. He and Greg were battling it out in the 3rd set, when my husband went down. Clark’s quick sense of urgency and his warm concern, I think saved my husband’s life. He called 911 and within minutes, my husband was in Brunswick ER and survived what the doctors called a widow maker heart attack. Clark helped save my husband’s life. It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. He was a Godsend in our lives. My heart goes out to his family; never forget the good man he was. Godspeed, Clark. And thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dr. Bob Wilson
May 14, 2019
Brooke, I'm sure you know you are surrounded by love. Because of yoga, my wife Barbara Rowe came to value and cherish your father as much as I have.

"Dr. Bob"