JOHN ALBERT “JOHN BOY” CLARKE, son of the late Doyle McDonald Clarke, Sr. and Edith Batchelor Clarke, was born on June 1, 1951, in Enfield, North Carolina, and answered God’s call to eternal rest and peace on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the family home in Enfield, North Carolina.
During his early life, John professed faith in Christ and became a member of the White Oak Baptist Church in Enfield, North Carolina. His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and he graduated in 1969, from Eastman High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. He served his country in the United States Army for two years and was stationed in Alaska from May 11, 1971 to April 13, 1973.
On May 8, 1971, John was united in Holy Matrimony to the former Carol E. Curry, who preceded him in death. This union was blessed with one daughter, Tomyka L. Clarke.
John later relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became employed with the University of Pennsylvania for many years. He then relocated to Brandon, Florida, where he gained employment with the Diamond Plastic Company. After several years of service, he returned to his home in Enfield, North Carolina, and remained until his death.
John loved music, good food, and spending time with family and friends. He was caring and very concerned about others, as well as, generous in his kind deeds.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Doyle McDonald Clarke, Jr.; and his sisters, Edith Marie Clarke Craig and Lillian Carnell Clarke Hamilton.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memories of his life are his daughter, Tomyka L. Clarke Thomas (Parrish); his sister, Carolyn Clarke Manley (Delaney) of Brandon, FL; four grandchildren, Parrish, Kaleef, Damascus and Amira; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, April 14, 2017, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Rev. Sallie Twine will deliver the eulogy. Visitation will be held for thirty minutes prior to the funeral time.