Friday, August 9, 2013

Trustee Douglas Clark Called to Glory

The Greenville Seminary community mourns the sudden passing of Trustee Douglas M. Clark of Charlotte, N.C., who died on the Lord's Day, August 4, following emergency surgery. He was 58 years old.

Mr. Clark had been a member of the seminary Board of Trustees since 2008. Board Vice Chairman John Van Voorhis reacted to Mr. Clark's unexpected death, saying, "Sad – and shocking. Doug was a good man. We will miss him on the Board."

Throughout his adult life, Mr. Clark was an influential figure in the church. He was an elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for 30 years, serving most recently as ruling elder at the Matthews Orthodox Presbyterian Church in suburban Charlotte. He served the church tirelessly with warm compassion, godly wisdom and fidelity to the gospel. He was a devoted Christian son, brother, husband, father, church leader, friend and, above all, servant of God. His greatest love was and is his Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Born in Montezuma, Ga. in 1954, Mr. Clark excelled in academics and swimming in his youth. He often cited swimming as a tool God used to form his constant personal discipline. He graduated from Dayton College in Tennessee, where he met his wife Tricia. During his college years, he began to love the Gospel in fresh ways; he was reinvigorated in his love for God and the things of God.

Mr. Clark is survived by his mother, Joyce Mathews Miller, his beloved wife, Tricia Poland Clark, and three children with their spouses: Justin and Kelly Clark, Calvin and Jennifer DeBoer, and Jordan and Katelyn Clark. He also is survived by eight grandchildren: Izzy, Clara, Joel, Jack, Miles, Walker and two expected in the Spring.

Funeral services were held August 9 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, N.C.Click here to listen to an audio recording of the service.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Memorial gifts may be contributed through the seminary web site (gpts.edu/support/memorial_giving.php) or by mail to P.O. Box 690, Taylors SC 29651. The seminary expresses thanks to those who have already given such gifts.