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92_SR0504 LRB9217832RHrh 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate wish to 3 express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends 4 of the Reverend Doctor Clarence Clarke, who passed away on 5 August 29, 2002; and 6 WHEREAS, The Reverend Doctor Clarence Clarke was born on 7 July 4, 1913 in Fairhope, Alabama to the union of Will and 8 Rebecca Clarke; and 9 WHEREAS, Reverend Clark was educated in the public school 10 of Fairhope; at the age of seventeen, he was baptized and 11 appointed as a young missionary in the Christian Valley 12 Baptist Church of Fairhope; in 1932, he was called into the 13 Ministry; and 14 WHEREAS, Reverend Clarke was a resident of North Chicago 15 for 52 years; he united with First Corinthian Baptist Church, 16 where he became the assistant to Reverend James Porter for 17 seven years; and 18 WHEREAS, Reverend Clarke was the founder and Pastor of 19 Christian Valley Baptist Church for 39 years; upon retiring 20 for a short period of time, he served as pastor of Christian 21 Valley Baptist in Fairhope, Alabama for five years; and 22 WHEREAS, Reverend Clarke graduated from the Easonian 23 Baptist Seminary of Birmingham, Alabama; he attended the 24 Chicago Baptist Institute and the Moody Bible Institute of 25 Chicago; he was an active member of the Civil Rights Movement 26 led by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a lifetime 27 member of the NAACP; he has been a voice of reason in North 28 Chicago fighting for the rights of humankind, the poor, and 29 the neglected; he is one of the founding members of the North 30 Shore Ministers Alliance; and 31 WHEREAS, Reverend Clarke receive the most influential -2- LRB9217832RHrh 1 Black American Award of Lake County twice in his life; he was 2 active in numerous religious organizations; he was regarded 3 as the oldest Pastor preaching the word of God in Lake 4 County; and 5 WHEREAS, Twenty-Fourth Place in North Chicago was renamed 6 as Reverend Clarence Clarke Drive in his honor; and 7 WHEREAS, The passing of the Reverend Doctor Clarence 8 Clarke will be deeply felt by all who knew and loved him, 9 especially his wife of 64 years, Fannie P. Clarke; his 10 brother, L.D. Clarke; his niece, Jean Smith; his nephews, 11 Joseph Alphonce (wife, Celestine) Clarke, Frank Clarke, and 12 Willie Thompson; his cousin, Rebecca Charles; his friend, 13 Lizzie Borden; and a host of other relatives and friends; 14 therefore, be it 15 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL 16 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the death of 17 the Reverend Doctor Clarence Clarke of North Chicago; and be 18 it further 19 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 20 presented to the family of the Reverend Doctor Clarence 21 Clarke with our sincere condolences.
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