Duncan Clark



Tupelo-The Reverend Duncan Andrews Clark, 88, one of the great modern learned, gentle souls, departed this life for the life eternal at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo on Saturday, September 30, 2017 after a brief illness. He faithfully exercised at the NMMC Wellness Center and was an active participant in a Tai Chi Group. Born a United Methodist Church minister’s son in Highpoint, Winston County, Mississippi, he was the eldest born to Rev. Knight Edwin Clark and Ruby Ben Rook Clark. He attended Mississippi’s public schools, graduated Shaw High School and received his BS degree from Millsaps College in 1952. He married his college sweetheart and life soulmate, Patricia Busby Clark on June 14, 1952, a marriage that lasted 60 years until she went to be with Jesus ironically on Sept. 30, 2012, five years to the day before her beloved Duncan. He furthered his advanced education receiving his M. Div. at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In 1969, he completed a fellowship in Religion and Psychiatry from the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. A scholarly man, Rev. Duncan Clark entered the ministry of the United Methodist Church. He came to Tupelo as the founding minister of St. Luke United Methodist Church where he was pastor for 5 years. He served as a minister for 13 years before becoming involved in the field of mental health. His service included being director of the Behavioral Health Center at the North Mississippi Medical Center from 1969-1981. He then was Director of Mental Health Services for St. Dominic’s Medical Center from 1981-1994. He had an inordinate passion for the mentally ill and made a difference in countless lives with his quarter century of devotion to the field. Duncan enjoyed his retirement speaking at and supporting mental health causes and assemblies. He was a longtime advisor and encourager of those with mental illness and often led Bible studies at addictions programs in the area, especially Harbor House. He was a faithful, engaged and active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, was among the founding forces of the Church Food Pantry and served on various committees. Duncan A. Clark lived an exemplary life of service to God, family and others. He always held tenaciously to the teaching of Jesus and John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and upheld the dignity and joy of leading a fully endowed earthly pilgrimage in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Thank you, Duncan for your devotion to God and mankind and for a life well lived.

A celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2016 at St. Luke United Methodist Church with his pastor, Rev. Rob Gill, officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Church Columbarium. Visitation will be from Noon-service time on Tuesday only. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, are assisting the family. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Left to express gratitude and celebrate Duncan’s life are his daughter, Suzi Clark Roberts of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Laurie Leigh Baggett of Tupelo; Andrew Roberts (Maggie) of Fayetteville, Ark. and Wes Roberts of Oxford. A great grandson, William Robert Lindley of Tupelo. A beloved sister, Doris Clark McCullen and her children and their families of Jackson, MS. , a host of friends, mental health associates and United Methodist clergy and followers everywhere.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke UMC Food Pantry, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 West Main, Tupelo, Miss. 38801