ALTON, Ill. - Reverend Ken Clark, age 66, formerly of Mounds, Illinois, went to be with the Lord at 10:38 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in the emergency room at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was born January 13, 1948, in Paducah, Kentucky, son of the late Arthur S. (Clarkie) and Florence Irma Newell Clark.
He married the former Mary Sue Hardway on August 30, 1969, at Eastern College in Charleston, Illinois, and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Mike Lucas of Godfrey, Illinois, and Valerie and Joe Marshall of Glen Carbon, Illinois; four grandchildren, Michaela, Cora, Benjamin, and Evelyn; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol Jean and Kenneth Mize of Villa Ridge, Illinois; one brother and sister-in-law, Arthur S. (Sonny) and Ruby Eloise Clark of Creve Couer, Missouri. He has three living aunts, Ella Nora Newell Shepherd and Edna Horner Newell of Mounds, Illinois, and Virginia Newell Claxton of St. Charles, Missouri; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ken graduated in the first Meridian High School Class of 1967. Later he graduated Eastern College. He started out teaching but later was called as a draftsman for Amco Oil. In the meantime, he did lay preaching in area churches. After buying a home and starting a family Kenny was called by the Lord to be a full time pastor, leaving a high paying job and selling their home the couple started out on their adventure with the Lord which lasted the next 36Â½ years.
Ken was pastor of Enion Baptist Church in Ashmore, Illinois, for two years moving to Blooming Grove Baptist Church in McLeansboro for three years. He then became the pastor at First Southern Baptist now Crosspoint Church for sixteen and a half years. He has been the pastor at Jerome Lane Baptist Church for the last fifteen years. He loved his grandchildren and his church.
Kenny, at the suggestion of several members in his church, wrote a book of his children sermons based on his childhood in Mounds, Illinois. The title was, "The Adventures in Net Picky, Home of the Fighting Tomcats." He also enjoyed serving his Lord, playing with his grandchildren, building, fishing, acting, traveling, and loving everyone he met.
Funeral services for Ken Clark were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois, with Rev. Ronny Carroll, Rev. Rick Patrick, and Rev. Andre Dobson officiating. Burial followed in the Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the One Mission Society.
This announcement is courtesy of Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge, Illinois.