Rev. Samuel Clark, Jr.


Rev. Samuel Matthias Clark, Jr., 83, of Rabun Gap, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Habersham County Medical Center. He was born in Gainesville, GA on September 28, 1932, and was the son of the late Samuel Matthias Clark, Sr. and Mildred Palmour Clark. Rev. Clark is survived by his loving wife, Betty Claire Manning Clark; one son, David Michael Clark of Portland, OR; a sister, India Clark Benton of Burlington, NC; two nieces, Allison Goss of Albuquerque, NM, and Becky Benton of Mountain View CA; one nephew, Christopher Benton of Scottsdale, AZ; and two grandchildren of Gibsons, BC, Canada. 

He grew up in Macon, GA and graduated from Lanier High School in Bibb County. He was a graduate of Emory University and while there he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Senior Honor Society. When in Savannah he received the School Bell Award and the prestigious Oglethorpe Trophy. In 2003 he won the Turman Alumni Service Award given to recognized distinguished alumni demonstrating exceptional volunteer leadership. Rev. Clark received his Master’s Degree in English at Princeton University and his Theology Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rev. Clark was a United Methodist Minister and served 21 years in the South GA Conference and 21 years in the North GA Conference. He served as pastor at a three-charge circuit in Tift County, GA for four years; 12 years in Savannah at Inner City United Methodist Church; three years as a Missionary in Peru; five years at Trinity United Methodist Church in Atlanta; 16 years as Campus Chaplain at Oxford College of Emory University and served the first three years of that period as the minister at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Services were held at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford, GA with Rev. Lyn Pace, Campus Chaplain, Rev. Don Kea, and Rev. Melissa Traver, Rev. Dave Shaw, and Rev Josh Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Oxford Historical Cemetery in Oxford, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Sammy Clark Scholarship Fund at Oxford College of Emory University.