Rev. Gary Lee Clark

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Rev. Gary Lee Clark

The Rev. Gary Lee Clark Sr., 65, of New Castle went home to Glory on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at UPMC Presbyterian.
Born in New Castle on Sept. 21, 1953, he was a son of Octavius and Lelia Mae Prayer Clark.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Esther Mae Fuqua, and brothers, Marvin Clark, and James and Halvester Stewart.
Elder Gary Clark Sr. graduated from New Castle High School, where he was a good student and member of the New Castle marching band as a percussionist.
He served his country in Air Force.
God led him to wife. His "good thing is his "homie," First Lady Evangelist L'Tanya Clark, whom he married on Dec. 21, 1985.
Pastor Clark had a heart for the people. He preached hope and keeping God first in your daily life, working faithfully at Ebenezer COGIC and later transitioning to New Jerusalem COGIC, where he pastored for 18 years.
He continued to work in the community as well, demonstrating acts such as organizing fundraisers for the youth trips, hosting the annual Martin Luther King March and soup luncheon, donating 26 East Long Avenue to another congregation after a tragic event.
As a community pillar, he rallied voters to advocate for a stop light and school zone sign on West Washington Street.
He was a president of the IMA, member of the NAACP and was awarded the JCJC Award from the governor of Pennsylvania in 1994 for climbing the Mill Street Bridge to assist in a man to safety.
Rev. Clark retired from the New Castle Transit Authority as a bus driver after 14 years of service. He previously worked as a youth counselor at YDC. He was affectionately called "Bimmie" by those who knew him well.
He opened his home to many friends, families, youth and anyone in search of HOPE. Adopting the nickname "Daddy Universe," he was able to demonstrate hard love, discipline and spread the loive of Jesus Christ. His love and dedication to his family were so strong words cannot describe. His family and extended church family were of central importance.
Elder Clark's children include Gary L. Clark Jr., Temecia Lane, LaVonne Clark-Hand (Luke Hand), Phillip Clark (Jennifer Lee), Jemmell Clark, Niraya Blackshear (Damon Blackshear), Aaron Clark and Eean Clark; three brothers, Eugene, Clarence, Nathan Clark; a sister, Ann Bennett; 18 grandchildren; many godchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews to whom he was very close to like Dorgeous, Sam and D-Mac.
Pastor Clark had an overflow of love and generosity that he was able to share with everyone he came in counter with.
Rev. Clark will lie in state from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at New Jerusalem COGIC, 1701 Moravia St. There will be a Praise and Worship Life Style Tribute at 7 p.m. Another visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ebenezer COGIC, 1119 S. Jefferson St.
The Homegoing Service to celebrate his life will be at noon Saturday.
The Rev. Clark will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. Monday in The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania with a military salute.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Charlotte A. Sheffield Funeral Home, 454 Chestnut St., New Castle, Pa., 16101.
Published on October 10, 2018
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LaVonne
Oct 16, 2018
Words cannot describe how great a father you were. You will always live, in my heart you are not gone. I love you daddy.
Daisy M Wells
Oct 13, 2018
To the family of Rev, Gary Clark, Bimp.. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Gary and I worked together at YDC...What a wonderful man. God bless. I am sure he will be missed

God Bless
Daisy Wells, Plainfield, NJ
Linda Clark
Oct 13, 2018
This past August, how we laughed so hard about Guy's bike incident. You and James Bailey were more than just friends, you were our brother. Heaven won't be the same with all y'all there. Love you "Friend"! Cuzn Linda and Nem!
Judithe (Julie) Cuspard
Oct 12, 2018
I met you thru a good friend of ours...You introduced us to Bimmie Burgers! Good things to all your loved ones and lost ones next to you in God's blessed hands. Some Glad Morning When This Life Is Over I'll Fly Away!
Ms Speight
Oct 12, 2018
For those of us who crossed paths with Elder Clark over the past 50 years , we were Blessed .I suppose his work among us was completed and God had other plans for him ..May he rest in PEACE!!
Carmen Blundo
Oct 11, 2018
Prayers to the Clark family. R.I.P.
Elder Herman & Sis Carolyn Boler
Oct 11, 2018
Sincerest Condolences and Prayers to the Clark Family, and New Jerusalem COGIC Family. We are so sorry to hear of his passing, Pastor Clark will be greatly missed. Pastor Clark will always have a special memory in our hearts. Many years ago he and Lady Clark sponsored an AIM Convention Trip to Los Angeles, CA. My boys was richly touched and blessed and just had the time of their lives. when they got back home all they talked about how was Pastor Clark and New Jerusalem took really good care of them and everyone on that trip, they had such a wonderful time, Pastor Clark was a people's Pastor. Also Pastor Clark allowed Elder Boler to preach at his church at times when he was away, instil...ling trust and confidence in Elder Boler. Pastor Clark's life was a Blessing to the Boler's. We Love You all. Jesus said he will not leave you comfortless, he will come unto you. Pastor Clark is absent from the body but we know he's present with the Lord! Sis L'Tanya and the Clark Family may The Lord Comfort and Strengthen you now and the days ahead. We are Praying for You!Read more
Rhonda Soltis
Oct 11, 2018
I am a bus driver with New Castle Area Transit Authorityand Rev started working there 2 years later after me. He was a HARD WORKER! The "Rev" was always joking around bringing laughter everywhere he went. Rev helped people during crises including me. Rest In Peace Rev.

Respectfully
Rhonda Soltis
Deacon and Mother Cummings
Oct 11, 2018
We appreciate the love and care Elder Gary Clark showed to us we send love and prayers to the his
Wife Latanya and Family
Elder Annie Lois Hines and family
Oct 11, 2018
God's continued Grace and mercy to the Clark family, especially to his lovely wife Evangelist L'Tanya. Love never dies, it lives on in all of us and the memory of our dear brother and friend. . . Pastor Gary Clark. Rest in peace, Pastor Clark.
Elder Deborah Lewis-Sanders
Oct 10, 2018
Praying that God will give you peace in your time of great loss
Evangelist Jacqueline Montgomery and Family
Oct 10, 2018
Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Clark Family. May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with you all.