Patricia Anne Cloninger Clarke

November 10, 1933September 8, 2018
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Patricia Anne Cloninger Clarke, age 84, of Conover, NC, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Kingston Residence of Hickory. Born November 10, 1933, in Wilkes County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Quentin Kermit Cloninger and Grace Dexter Shatley Cloninger.

Pat was a 1965 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she had received a bachelors degree in Education. She retired from the Catawba County School System where she had taught for over 27 years at Sweetwater Elementary School. Pat was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, where she had been an active member of the Dorcas Society for many years. She loved to travel with her late husband, Franklin, and she enjoyed reading, spending time with family and friends, and helping others. Pat especially loved her dogs, Gus, Cleo, Max, and Chips.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Franklin Boone Clarke, and her brother, Kermit Shatley Cloninger.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Barringer and husband Steve, of Conover, NC, Teresa Bazzle of Hickory, NC, and Mary Harrell of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Kristen B. Sims and husband Matt, Lauren B. Harwell and husband Jason, Katelyn Bazzle, Shelby Mason and husband Trey, and Ben Bazzle; great-grandchildren, Olivia Mason, Emma Mason, and Neylan Mason; sisters-in-law, Christine Cloninger, Sadie Clark, Nancy Clarke, and JoAnne Clarke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul Nelson and Vicar Alex Slotar officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A private graveside service will be held at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, NC, prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to the Clarke family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Concordia Christian Day School, 215 5th Ave. SE, Conover, NC, 28613.

The Clarke family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Quentin Kermit Cloninger, Father
  • Grace Dexter Shatley Cloninger, Mother
  • Franklin Boone Clarke, Husband
  • Donna Barringer and husband, Steve, Daughter
  • Teresa Bazzle, Daughter
  • Mary Harrell, Daughter
  • Kermit Shatley Cloninger, Brother
  • Kristen B. Sims and husband, Matt, Grandchild
  • Lauren B. Harwell and husband, Jason, Grandchild
  • Shelby Mason and husband, Trey, Grandchild
  • Katelyn Bazzle, Grandchild
  • Ben Bazzle, Grandchild
  • Olivia Mason, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Mason, Great Grandchild
  • Neylan Mason, Great Grandchild
  • Christine Cloninger, Sister-in-law
  • Sadie Clark, Sister-in-law
  • Nancy Clarke, Sister-in-law
  • JoAnne Clarke, Sister-in-law
  • Mrs. Clarke also leaves numerous nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Receiving of Friends Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Patricia Anne Cloninger Clarke

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Jim & Connie Lingle

September 17, 2018

Jim and I were saddened to hear of Pat's passing. Losing your Mother is always hard but knowing she is in the hands of her Lord and is sitting with her husband and other family members and friends brings a smile. Pat was always the first to smile and always had a kind word. She remembered others and she will be remembered. May the peace of God be with your entire family and the knowledge that Pat is home be comforting to you. May the Lord place His loving arms around you, His hands beneath you and guide you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all.

Paula Hammer

September 12, 2018

Dear Family,
I only learned of Pat's death this morning at 10:30 on the web. I am so sorry it is too late for me to attend the services. I worked with Pat at Sweetwater for many years and remember so many good times with her. She was an extraordinary lady and teacher. Her love for the children at Sweetwater was wonderful to witness. Please except my deepest sympathy for your loss. She will be loved and appreciated forever and a splendid gift to heaven.

Shayla Lail Gaines

September 12, 2018

Clarke Family, I am so sad to hear that one of my favorite teachers’ has passed away. She was so special, and a loving person. I know she will be missed dearly, my sympathy is with the family during this difficult time. She was one teacher that wrote the saying....”to teach , is to touch someone’s life”, she did mine.


September 11, 2018

I work PT on the Front Desk at Kingston Residence of Hky and I'm going to really miss my friend!!
I spoke to Pat every time I worked & enjoyed cutting up with her! I'm thankful that God let me know her! She's with HIM now! She's one fine lady in my book!! God Speed Ms. Pat!! I'll see you again, I'm sure!! 💒🙏🎈💗