Rev. Gary Lee Clark

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Rev. Gary Lee Clark

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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