Funeral services for Martin Everett Clark, age 90 of Mount Vernon, were Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at the Bates, Cooper, and Sloan Chapel. Burial was in the Macon Cemetery. Officiating ministers were Rev. Barbara Campbell, Rev. Ned Chipley, and Rev. Jerry Jones.
Mr. Clark was born Sept. 1, 1920, the son of Benjamin Cleveland and Mary Elizabeth Wiggins Clark in Lovelady, Tex. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. He was a World War II veteran serving on the USS San Juan cl-54 light cruiser. He married Gracie Lee Conarroe in 1944. He was ordained to preach in 1955 and ministered for 30+ years, pasturing various churches in Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. During these years, he was active in the General Conference of the Congregational Methodist Church. After he retired from pastoral work, the family settled in Nacogdoches, Tex. Although he was a member of the New Hope Nacogdoches Congregational Methodist Church, he often supplied surrounding churches that were in need of a preacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Mary Clark; brothers, James Atmar Clark and Benny Frank Clark; and a granddaughter, Bridgett Miranda Clark.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gracie of Mount Vernon; a son, Horace Wayne Clark and his wife, Sharon of Mount Vernon;, two daughters, Melba Jean Pahal and her husband, Wade of San Augustine and Donna Fay Hinsley and her husband, Ron of Longview; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Rosalie Clark of Pasadena and Frances Clark of Cypress.
Pallbearers were Daniel Ramsey, Jonathan Ramsey, Lance Anderson, Kevin McPhearson, Roger McPhearson, Spencer Clark, Branden Lane, and Skipper Clark. Honorary pallbearers were men of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church of Nacogdoches.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of choice.