|There are those who put on the whole armor of God and stand victorious in the front line of battle, and then there are those who labor in God’ s vineyards just as faithfully and productively who may not make the front lines, but who diligently go about making their contribution to society and to their friends. Numbered among these was Clark Warren Bell, born in New Albany, Mississippi, on May 5, 1906. He was married to Irene Lewis and into that home was born two children; Clark Bell, Jr. and Rose Mary Bell Norfleet.
Early in life, Clark heard the call to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and after studies at Memphis State University and Southwestern University, he entered the Memphis Conference in 1938, where be served until 1946, at which time he transferred to the Louisville Conference and served there for one year. It was here that he met and married Evelyn Gustafson on September 28, 1946, and they became as one in minisuy and transferred to the Louisiana Conference in June, 1947, and were appointed to serve the Lutcher-Reserve charge. Thus began a loving ministry of 24 years until their retirement in June, 1971, while serving the Tallulah Church.
Clark was a friend in the finest sense of the word. He enjoyed life and fellowship with his friends, and possessed that ability to let every friend know that he or she was a person of great worth, a quality that is so rare in today’s world. I first came to know.Clark in 1949 when, as Conference Mission Secretary, I held a District Missionary Conference in the New Orleans District. As District Missionary Secretary, Clark helped to make the arrangements for that conference, and in his efficient and loving way, he did excellent work.
Clark served on many committees and boards in the Louisiana Conference, and was a member of the Committee on Investigation at the time of his retirement. He and Evelyn moved to New Albany, Mississippi, in their retirement where he suffered the death of his beloved wife, Evelyn, on July 25, 1987. Death came to Clark on June 30, 1995.
We shall miss his friendly smile and winsome spirit, but his ministry will continue on in the hearts of all whom he served.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1996, p. 262, By Rev. Benedict A. Galloway|