Obituary for Dr. Gwendolyn Turner Clark

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Dr. Gwendolyn Turner Clark

June 5, 1932 - March 24, 2018

Dr. Gwendolyn Turner Clark was born on June 5, 1932 in Gilmer, Texas to the late Plural Turner and Dilla Hamilton Turner. Dr. Clark attended Gilmer Public Schools. She acknowledged her faith in Christ at an early age and was a devoted member who served passionately at St. Luke United Methodist “Community” Church until her health failed.
Dr. Clark was married to the late Otis Lee Clark and they have two children Melody Clark Fletcher and Gary Clark. As a lifelong Dallas resident, she was actively involved in making it a great community in which to live.
Dr. Clark received a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) from Texas College in Tyler, Texas where she graduated at the age of 19 and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She earned a Master’s Degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas and a Doctorate Degree in Education from Nova University.
Dr. Clark long and successful professional career began as a classroom school teacher for the Dallas Independent School District (D.I.S.D). She also worked as a school administrator and retired as an elementary school principal after 36 years of exceptional professional service in 1986. She thoroughly enjoyed the field of education. Dr. Clark mentored many young people in pursuing a career in the field of education.
Dr. Clark was well known for her community service work and generosity. She was a Lifetime and Golden Member of the Alpha Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. She received several distinguish honors and awards such as 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee for the African American Education Archives and History Program, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church 2010 Imani Circle Legacy Award, and the Dallas Urban League Legacy Award. Dr. Clark served on many non-profit organization boards such as Rainbow Days, Inc., AARP and the African American Museum of Dallas. She was a former owner and board member of Black & Clark Funeral Home. Affectionally known to many as “Gwen, Aunt Gwen and Mama Gwen” she provided financial support to many young people pursuing a college education as well as sharing her wealth of knowledge on how to succeed in life. She volunteered at several social services organizations throughout the Dallas Community and supported many families impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Clark peacefully entered eternal rest leaving to cherish her loving memories: one daughter, Melody Clark Fletcher (Calvin), one son, Gary Clark both of Dallas, Texas and five grandchildren, Gary Clark Jr. (Dallas), Kayson Fletcher, Kayleen Fletcher, Kayronne Fletcher, Kamel Fletcher and two great-grandchildren Malachi Carter and Zehavi Noel Benjamin (Brooklyn, NY). Three sisters-in-law: Annie L. Lee, Vernita Evans and Loraine Grover (Dallas). She leaves a host of Godchildren, relatives and dear friends to cherish her memories.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Home


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216

WAKE: 7-9PM Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Black and Clark Funeral Chapel
2517 E. Illinois Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75216

Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

St. Luke Community United Methodist Church


5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75223

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Born: June 5, 1932
Died: March 24, 2018

Condolences for Dr. Gwendolyn Turner Clark

Mary Ann posted on 4/11/18

I express my condolences to the family of Dr Gwendolyn Clark. May you find comfort from the scriptures in this time of great sorrow. Jehovah God knows your pain and will help you through your grief 1 Peter 5:7


Pamela Blackburn Burnley posted on 3/30/18

My condolences to her goddaughter, Mrs. Donna Blackburn and the other family members. May God continue to comfort you.


Deloris J. King posted on 3/29/18

Dear Gwen, my Soror and my friend, I pray that you travel on your ultimate journey with a smile on your lips and the knowledge that you fought a good fight and that you loved and gave so much of you to others. God is good. I will always cherish the gift you gave to us. (Our Greeters Ministry). Love and Blessings, Sisterly, Deloris


Bianca Smith posted on 3/28/18

Mel, Calvin and Gary, and the loving extended family of Aunt Gwen you are in my prayers during this time of loss. Aunt Gwen touched so many people and was a hoot, I am truly blessed and honored to have had her in my life and to have known her. She was so loving and giving and she will be missed. May God continue to give you comfort and peace during this time. Love you all.


B. Brown posted on 3/28/18

To the Family, May Jehovah God who is the God of all comfort bless you and give you peace at this most difficult time. I am truly sorry that you lost your dear loved one. God’s word tells us at Acts 24:15 that there is going to be a resurrection so we all look forward to seeing our loved ones again. Rev. 21:4 says that he will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more. May you all be comforted by God’s word.


ST posted on 3/27/18

My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss. losing a love one can be devastating and unbearable. May God be a source of comfort to your family in your time of need. God is near all those brokenhearted and crush in spirit. Psalm 34:18. Soon He will remove death forever and bring our love ones who have die by means of a resurrection. Revelation 21:3,4 and Acts 24:15.


Charmaine Miller-Spencer posted on 3/27/18

Praying for you and your family. Remember God enables us to do the hard things.