Edith Parrish Clark

February 5, 1924November 13, 2017

Edith Parrish Clark, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13.

Known to many as Edith, Mimi, Memaw and even Lena, she both loved and was loved by all those who were graced with her presence.

Edith's joy for life and for those who accompanied her in her life journey revealed her great caring and often humorous spirit. She chose to gift her family with a strong sense of belonging. Always known as a baker, she shared her gift of cookie and cake making. She led in the pumpkin carving and the dying of Easter eggs. She comforted crying babies and new parents alike.

Edith's strong commitment to her church was a testament to her belief in God and her work within the church reflected that commitment. Her church family, Women's Circle and most especially the Farsi church community of Forest Hills Baptist Church brought great meaning and activity to her living.

Predeceased by her dear husband, Reverend Jack Clark and son Howard Clark, Edith is survived by her two daughters and their families, Cynthia Clark Brown and Samuel T. Brown, III, Samuel T. Brown, IV and Daniel Clark Brown of Raleigh; and Carol Clark Beasley and Stephen Beasley, Kimberly and Torre Moore, Marland and Jade Cook, Eric Clark, Kimora Moore and Jahleel Gill of Petersburg, VA. Also surviving her are sons of Howard Clark, Jackson and Jacob Clark and wife, Donna Clark of Charleston, SC.

The family would like to extend their greatest appreciation to Forest Hill Baptist Church and the Farsi community, to Elmcroft, to Transitions LifeCare Hospice and to Edith's longtime friends Shirley and Vernon Abbott, Pat and Asad Hashemi, and Eileen Brinkley.

A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00am, with visitation one hour prior, at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Burial will take place at 2:30pm at Pine Hill Cemetery, 333 E Summit Ave, Burlington, NC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Edith's honor to the Farsi Ministry of Forest Hills Baptist Church or to Transitions LifeCare.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh. Condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 20, 2017


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November 24, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. May you gain comfort by pouring out your deepest emotions to God in prayer.

Beki Owens Holloway

November 20, 2017

It was a joy knowing Ms. Edith. She was part of our family for more than 30 yrs. Heaven surely has a new angel. Edith was truly a servant of God and was an inspiration to all that she crossed paths with. She always worked with our mother and she was a delight.
In Christ,
Beki Owens Holloway

John, Christy Stawarz

November 19, 2017

Love and prayers from the Stawarz family in Prince George, Virginia.

Tears Owens-Blair

November 19, 2017

Ms Clark, thank you so much for sharing your life and love with my family. I know that you are now with your beloved Jack. My prayers are with Cynthia and Carol and all of the grand, great & great-great grandchildren as we all grieve your
Tears Owens-Blair, (Raleigh, NC)

EDenise Brown

November 16, 2017

Remembering Edith with love and joy, and praying for the family and loved ones as we grieve her passing.