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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA

OBITUARY

James O. Clarke Jr.

July 9, 1940January 5, 2020

Mr. James O. Clarke, Jr., 79, of Dunwoody, GA, died Sunday, January 5, 2020 from chronic respiratory failure. Mr. Clarke was preceded in death by his youngest son, Philip Andrew Clarke. He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Carol M. Clarke, his sons and daughters-in-law, James O. III and Jill Clarke of Franklin, TN, Jeffrey B. and Michelle Clarke of Orlando, FL, and Craig S. and Brianne Clarke of Fredericksburg, VA, as well as his seven grandchildren, James O. IV and Amy Clarke, Ashley Clarke, Jessica Clarke, Stephanie Clarke, Philip A. Clarke II, and Sophia Clarke. Mr. Clarke was born on July 9, 1940 in Greenville, SC and is a 1958 graduate of Greenville High School. He received his bachelors and his master’s degrees in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech. His career was centered mostly in finance, accounting and tax, lastly at Auto Finance in Forest Park, GA. Mr. Clarke was Georgia Tech’s biggest and most faithful fan, holding season tickets for football and basketball for five decades. He was a supporter of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund. He loved all sports but his favorite was baseball. Mr. Clarke was on the board of directors of Murphey Candler Little League and served as a head baseball coach for more than ten seasons. He was an active member of several PCA churches, lastly at Brookhaven Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 11, from 1 PM - 2 PM, at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2 PM. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be given to Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at Georgia Tech at give.cru.org/2766478 or by check to "Cru" by mail: Cru, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, Fl. 32862; Please indicate on a separate note "In memory of Jim Clarke, Dunwoody GA for Georgia Tech account 2766478".

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Carol M. Clarke, his sons and daughters-in-law, James O. III and Jill Clarke of Franklin, TN, Jeffrey B. and Michelle Clarke of Orlando, FL, and Craig S. and Brianne Clarke of Fredericksburg, VA, as well as his seven grandchildren, James O. IV and Amy Clarke, Ashley Clarke, Jessica Clarke, Stephanie Clarke, Philip A. Clarke II, and Sophia Clarke.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Linda Stevens

January 17, 2020

Our family has such fond memories of Jim at Murphy Candler park -- a quiet, but strong force and always giving of his time for baseball.

Prayers are with Carol and all the Clarke family,

Linda Schwefler Stevens
Dave and Marcia Schwefler

Jennifer Williams

January 10, 2020

Dear Carol,
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be your comfort and strength in the days ahead.
Blessings,
Jennifer Williams

Jane (Carter) Smith

January 7, 2020

Dear Carol and family,
I’m so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing and another tough loss for the Clarkes. May your memories be sweet even as you grieve, and may the hope of heaven be ever more real to you in the days and weeks ahead. ❤️

Daniel Harman

January 7, 2020

Dear Carol,

Dani and I were so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We have fond memories of him. He was a superb people-gatherer and introduced us to many when we were new to Church of the Redeemer (then "Redeemer's House"). He knew how to build community in a church. He was a prince of a man - hospitable, warm, witty and loved Jesus Christ. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you.

Love,
Daniel & Dani Harman

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY