Dr. James Varner (Nap) Clark
- June 19, 1930 - July 18, 2012
- Starkville, Mississippi
of James' Passing
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“I was saved by the ministry of Nap Clark and sat under his teaching for 5 year while I was a student - he is responsible for me going to Bible...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Jack Dixon - Louisville, KY
“The world has lost a soulful, generous, and kind man. I didn't stay in touch much as a grownup, but I have lots of fun and happy memories as a child,...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Betty Clark Kolinsky - Henderson, NV
“I grew up in Marigold. Nap came to our house about a week after we moved in. We started going to Marigold Baptist Church. Nap brought me to Christ...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: SARA WASHINGTON LONGALE - humble, TX
“So sorry for your loss. I truely looked up to Nap when he was at Merigold Baptist Church. He carried us Merigold kids to a lot of places. He was...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Mike Parker - Merigold, MS
“Praise the Lord for Nap and his faithful ministry to young people. His influence was felt by me long years ago. Thank you.
Sybil Jackson Lowe...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Syb il Jackson Lowe - Luay, VA
“We will miss you greatly. Although it had been a long while since We spent time with you, I pray we can spend some time of reflection when we see...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: David Turner - Wetumpka, AL
“Dixie & Family,
Iam so sorry to hear of Nap's passing and your time of sorrow. I am praying for you all as you adjust to his absence on earth and...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Donna Lancaster Newby - Falkner, MS
I was so sorry to hear of Nap's passing.
He was a wonderful man and a great friend.
He will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Diane Griffin - Charlotte, NC
“Susan, so sorry to hear about your dad. Our prayers are with you.
9 of 22 | Posted by: Bryan Buckner - Pontotoc, MS
“Nap was a good friend and wonderful pastor. He meant so much to so many. Thank you for sharing so graciously your husband and father with his "flock...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Larry & Jackie Agnelly - MS
“My first memories of my Uncle Nap go back to when I was a young boy. Most have to do with visits to my Grandmother's house in Macon Mississippi,...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Jud Crane - Milton, FL - Nephew
“Dixie and family, I was so sad to read in Sunday's paper about Nap's death. He will be missed. But what a tremendous influence on so many lives! Don...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Leach Patrick - MS
“What a wonderful legacy of faith he leaves behind. I, too, am a life that was changed by his investment in the lives of college students. God bless...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Leanna Lindsey Hollis - MS
“Dixie, Stephanie & Susan, My thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of loss. Dixie, You & Nap have always been very special to me & my family....Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Tina Mullins - Starkville, MS
“No matter how far away I have lived Nap Clark was a phone call away. He was never too busy to talk and keep you focused on God's wonderful love for...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Cile Zieren - Oxford, MS
“Dixie & girls, We were so sorry to hear of Nap's passing. But we know where he is and he will be there to greet us when we get to heaven, with arms...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Milton Trice - Mantee, MS
“Will always fondly remember Uncle Nap and his camps were a BLAST!!
17 of 22 | Posted by: Christa Clark-Person - Cibolo, TX
“Dear Dixie, Susan and Stephanie, Bobbie and I are sad to hear of Nap leaving this earth, because we were coming through in only two weeks. We both...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Bill Boggess
“Dixie, Susan and Stephanie my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. Nap wasn't just a pastor to me or a very special...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Nelda Thompson Brazeale - MS
“Dear Dixie and family,
What a wonderful thing for Nap to graduate to Glory while doing the thing he loved best: teaching truth in a clear and...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Alice Harned Walters - MS
“So sorry to hear of Bro. Nap's passing. He will truly be missed. He was a blessing to this area. Praying for peace for the family.
21 of 22 | Posted by: EDNA BLASINGAME - FRIEND
“Dixie, My heartfelt condolences Re sent to you and the girls. Bro. Nap was one of the few men that truly hugged from the heart. We loved him and...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Connie Malone - Sturgis, MS
James Varner (Nap) Clark, age 82, died peacefully at his youth camp on Wednesday July 18, following a long fruitful life serving the Lord Jesus Christ. His service was marked by a passion to present God's priceless gift of forever life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
Visitation will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The funeral services will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery of Macon, MS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Carson Clark and Melva Varner Clark of Macon, MS and two brothers, Charlie Carson Clark, Jr., William Clark and sister Elizabeth Clark Conn. Nap is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dixie Mullins Clark of Starkville, MS; two daughters, Susan Clark Karr and her husband Bradley Jason Karr and one grandson Colson Grant Karr; and Stephanie Clark Preston and her husband Brian James Preston all of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his two sisters, Savella Clark Crane of Pensacola, FL and Rita Clark Daniels of Baton Rouge, LA; and two brothers, Larry (Biscuit) Clark of Dallas, TX and Robert Clark of Naples, FL.
Nap was born on June 19, 1930, in Macon, MS, attended Macon High School where he lettered five years in football, and graduated from Mississippi College with a BA in Bible and a minor in New Testament Greek. After college he went into youth ministries where he led teenage Bible clubs and summer youth camps throughout Mississippi. Nap's first pastorate was Coila Baptist Church followed by Sidon Baptist Church of Sidon, MS, Cowart Baptist Church of Charleston, MS and Marigold Baptist Church of Marigold, MS. In 1971 Nap moved to Starkville where he served as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church for nineteen years. He was pastor of Grace Christian Community Church in Starkville and Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, MS.
Nap faithfully preached the grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone message for over 57 years. Nap's legacy is equipping people with basic Bible truth so that they have a strong foundation on which to build their knowledge of the Word. He is also known for his Ikthoos Summer Youth Camps comprised of youth from all over the south. Located in a college town, he was a strong influence in the lives of students attending Mississippi State University and served as Chaplain for the MSU football team for many years. Hundreds of young people from Nap's various ministries have gone into the ministry full time serving as pastors, missionaries, and Bible teachers around the world.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following ministries:
Grace Christian Community Church
100 Countryside Road
Starkville, MS 39759
Pine Bluff Baptist Church
27535 Mantee Rd.
Mantee, MS 39751
Special designations can be made to outreach ministries supported by these churches including The Evangelical Alliance (Bill Boggess of France), Emmanuel and Associates (Wyatt Gwin), New Tribes Mission (Doug Schermerhorn), Christian Thinktank (Glenn Miller), Glimpses of Grace (Dick Hill), Emmanuel Baptist Church of Starkville, MS and also Master's Men (Ken Sheppard).
The service will be led by Kenny Hodges, Dennis Smithey, Hilton (Butch) Simmons, Daniel Brown and Richard J. (Dick) Hill. Music will be led by the Ikthoo