Elkin Donnie Clarke, 74, of Elkin, was a Santa Claus
Elkin Donnie Clarke, a Elkin man who worked in a family-owned business and was involved in community service, was Elkin Donnie. He was active with the Elkin Jaycees and helped families find homes. He was also a member of the Tri-County Sertoma Club and the Elkin Valley Baptist Church. He will be buried in Veterans Cemetery.
Clarke allegedly assaulted an elderly woman while dressed as Santa Claus. The 74-year-old victim was hit in the face and knocked unconscious. Police said Elkin Donnie Clarke was upset because Nelson had stolen $145 in Hershey’s chocolates from him. The incident sparked a police investigation. The suspect was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.