OBITUARY

Ionie Agatha Clarke

January 24, 1949November 16, 2021
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Mrs. Ionie Agatha Clarke, age 72, of Douglasville, Georgia passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. She was born in the district of Niagra in St. James, Jamaica, West Indies on January 24, 1949, to her parents, Vincent Watson and Pertina Wright who preceded her in death. Her granddaughter, Leneja Clarke, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Clarke was a prayer warrior; her whole life revolved around prayer. She had a very quiet, calm and humble disposition, who always had a prayer and an encouraging word for everyone who crossed her path. She was a mother to all, having many “adopted” children in addition to her own. When she spoke with you she gave her full attention and her whole heart. She was patient, understanding, loving, caring and selfless. You were always safe with her and she could make you feel like you mattered. A confidant who you could share any and everything with and rest at ease knowing that it will only be shared with the Lord.

While in Atlanta, she fellowshipped with Christ the Light Church – Pastor Afolake Mobolaji Olaleye and The Body of Christ Deliverance Temple – Pastor David Barnes. She was an active, committed and dedicated member of the Gospel Light Church, in New Jersey, where she served on the board of missionaries. Many people will testify of the tasty porridge and soup they received during their illness. A phone call from her was not to gossip, but to pray you through whatever situation faced you. She loved to sing, therefore there was no question as to her dedication and commitment to the choir.

Furthermore, Mrs. Clarke enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, and cooking in her spare time. She and her family loved to travel. There were many trips for anniversaries, birthdays, and family cruises. A nurturer at heart, she worked as a CNA for 23 years at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York. Her patients and co-workers were very near and dear to her and she enjoyed her career tremendously.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 48 years, Leaford G. Clarke; her children, Delroy English , Jacqueline McCarthy, Loil Clarke, Lenford Clarke, and Mario Clarke; son-in-law, John McCarthy; daughters in-law, Sharon English and Shree Hall; “adopted” daughters: Jennifer Bryan, Karen Walker, Marcia McGrath-Eni, Esther Cooper, Donna Pink and Thaisha Morris; her brother, Vincent Watson, Jr.; her grandchildren, Jesseca Newman, Jessica Clarke, Diodney, Clarke, Vanessa English, Delroy English, Jr., Devon Clarke, Devante Clarke, Jasmine McCarthy, Kayla Clarke, and Jennine McCarthy; her great-grandchildren, Genesis Rush, Jayden English, and Jaime Gelin; and a host of other loved ones, family, and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. A funeral service will follow in the chapel at 3:00 pm with Pastor John McCarthy and Pastor Afolake Mobolaji Olaleye officiating.

For those who are unable to join in person for the service, the family has set up a Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81159764216?pwd=SVlrQXFKRVNiV0lMMldGS29BNFdJQT09

Meeting ID: 811 5976 4216

Passcode: Clarke

There will also be a stream available on the Mt. Sinai Temple COGIC Facebook Page at: https://facebook.com/mst.cogic/

Following the services in Georgia, Mrs. Clarke will be transported to Woody’s Home for Services in Orange, New Jersey for a funeral service on December 11, 2021 at 9:30 am. She will be laid to rest at Rosedale Cemetery in Orange, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601, www.lung.org/

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitleygarner.com for the Clarke family.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

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Ionie Agatha Clarke

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Erika Cooper

December 4, 2021

Mama Ionie….that’s what I called her. She had a heart of gold. She would give you her last and you would never know. Mama Ionie made everyone feel special, from her patients, co workers, friends and family. I am thankful that God allowed our paths to cross. You will forever be in our hearts. Rest In Peace. “May the work you’ve done speak for itself”

Desiree Christian

December 4, 2021

I only knew Ms Ionie for a short while, as I was the Hospice Aide that helped with her care. I was very welcomed and I felt like family from the moment I met Ms Ionie, even though I was a stranger, and I should have been the one to give her comfort in her last moments. Ms Ionie was always holding my hand, and she always told me to have a blessed day when I left for the day. A piece of my heart is definitely broken after the loss of Ms Ionie, but I am so thankful to have met her and her family for such a short while on this Earth. I know Ms Ionie is rejoicing in Heaven now. Sending my love and prayers to the family and friends at this time.

Beverly Walker

December 4, 2021

My memory of Ms. Clarke is how welcome she always made me feel. She was very warm and her laughter would fill the room with so much joy. She was a very pleasant person. To the Clarke family today I am sharing in your sadness and hoping you will find comfort in the wonderful memories your mom left behind. Your mom lives in your hearts, in your family, and in memories all the wonderful times that you’ve shared. May God continue to comfort and strengthen your family.

Beverly Miller

December 3, 2021

My favorite memory with Ms. Clarke is our love for gardening. She always share her crops when she planted and always give me advice on my gardening experience. She was such a kind and living person. Always the one to share in our neighborhood. She will be greatly missed.

Margaret Pinkney

December 3, 2021

I’ve worked with Ionie ( lovingly called Mama Ionie by her co-workers) for over 15 years. She was one of by best friend and confidant. We talked about everything and anything and we both leaned on each other for strength and comfort . Ironie took pride in her work and became of that all the nurses want her in their district.Her patients were pristinely taken care. She looks at the impossibility in their demeanor and when she’s finishes with them turn it into what is possible when unselfish love, commitment and dedication is applied. Ironie i still cannot believe you are gone. It will take awhile but I must say that I’m blessed to have crossed your path. Sweetie, take your peaceful rest until that great getting up morning where you will behold our Savior face to face. My sincerest condolences to your family and family ❤️❤️😢

Pennie Mitchell-Brown

December 3, 2021

I met A beautiful angel about 7 years ago I had the pleasure of Doing her hair in Douglasville Georgia One day as I finished her hair she gently asked me would I polished her toenails I was quite surprised cause out of all the 40 years of doing hair I had never had a client to ask me that before , I gently kneel down and said it would be my pleasure . To see her and her husband together was alwaysA comforting experienceYou can see clearly the love they shared My prayers go out to the family She will be dearly missed
Rest easy my friend you're with the king sitting on the right hand of the throne God makes 🦋❤🙏💐

Myesha Smith

December 3, 2021

May memories of Ionie Clarke, and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember, Ionie. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.❤️🕊🙏🏽

Marcia McGrath-Eni

December 3, 2021

To add a memory, it is extremely difficult for me. My mother has left me with so many. She was not only a mother but a confidante and best friend. We communicated with each other and never end our conversation without prayer. How could I forget my husband (son) who cherished you.
I know you are in the arms of Jesus
You are greatly missed
Marcia and Eni

Ariel Cross-Edwards

December 3, 2021

Ionie is a very special person. I say is b/c she is more alive now than she has ever been. She was a mother to us(her coworkers) at LHH.She was a great light, always shining for Jesus. On a very hectic evening as Ionie kept her composure, someone commented, If anyone is going to heaven it will be Ionie. As she is absent from the body she is present with the Lord.

Afolake Mobolaji Olaleye

December 3, 2021

In Christ the Light Church, Douglasville, GA, we call her “Mother Clarke”. She was ever punctual to our services graciously adorned in psychedelic dresses/skirt suits with hat to match. Her elegance is unrivaled and her smiles contagious.

Al her testimonies are laced with gratitude to God with the resolute faith of an overcomer. She is an epitome of the Proverbs 37 virtuous wife. We surely miss her, however, we are assured that she finished her course and has exchanged her hats with crowns of righteousness. Our prayer is that we all finish well and meet at the feet of Jesus singing Hallelujah!

We love you our darling Mother Clarke.

Pastor (Dr.) Afolake Mobolaji-Olaleye
Christ the Light Ministries
6304 Fairburn Rd
Douglasville, GA 30134

Intercessory prayer line: (678) 383-6002

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