Retired pastor Dwight Clifford Clark dies at 84 - Word&Way

Retired pastor Dwight Clifford Clark dies at 84

Dwight Clifford Clark, 84, died Jan. 31 at his home in Independence, Mo., with his wife by his side.

Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at Calvary Baptist Church in Independence, Mo. Committal services were at Hopewell Cemetery, north of Weatherby, Mo.

He was born Oct. 30, 1931, at his uncle’s farm west of Pattonsburg, Mo., the son of Clifford N. Clark and Ruby (Vanover) Clark.

Rev. Clark first attended church at Hopewell Baptist near Maysville, Mo., and accepted Christ and was baptized there. He was ordained to the ministry in 1960 at Gentry (Mo.) Baptist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army as a personnel management specialist at Camp Chaffee, Ark., from 1952-54. He received bachelor’s degrees in vocal music and religion from Ouachita Baptist College (University) in Arkadelphia, Ark.

He earned his M.Div. degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Semi­nary in Kansas City, Mo.

Rev. Clark and his wife, Ann, met in college and graduated together in 1958. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The couple ministered in several churches in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Michigan. They also served as missionaries in the Bahamas. He was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Independence from 1978-88.

He retired in 1997 from Warren Woods Baptist Church in Warren, Mich., and retired again in 2009 from Besonia Baptist Church in Kansas City.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; step-brother Arthur Lee Trussell and wife Joy, Powersite, Mo.; cousins Ray Forbes and wife Thelma, Cody, Wyo., and Etavon Ochs, Ft. Morgan, Colo; brother-in-law Don Salter and wife Rose, Paris, Ill.; sisters-law Carol Stuart and husband Buster, and Nancy Matlock and husband Stueart, all of Little Rock, Ark., and nieces and nephews.