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Obituary for Elbert CLARK

Elbert Clark, Sr. Age 86, was born to Albert Sr. and Cora Clark, April 17, 1937, in Dayton, OH. He was baptized at an early age at Corinthian Baptist Church. He served as an usher at Corinthian. He later rededicated his life to Christ and became a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Walter W. Cotton. He served as an usher, trustee, member of the choir and ordained deacon in 2001. He served as Senior Deacon until he transitioned from this life to his eternal home on Saturday, Nov 11, 2023.

Deacon Clark graduated from Dunbar High School in 1957, where a very close and special relationship is shared among the class members to this day. Elbert retired from Patterson Dental Company where he was among the first Blacks to work as a Medical/Dental Equipment Service Technician. He specialized in the installation and repairing of dental x-ray equipment. Elbert’s hobbies include refurbishing old cars, fishing, hunting, wood carving, raising horses and traveling. He loved riding horses in the parades and was always fully dressed in his western attire including spurs, gun and holster. He was often called Dayton’s First Urban Cowboy and was featured in a news article riding his horse to Church’s Chicken.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Loving aunt, Josephine Payne; brothers, Maceo Clark and Albert (Mary Jean) Clark; sisters, Ellen Gilbert and Deloris Clark; son, Elbert Clark, Jr.; daughter, Pamela Earley, granddaughters, Tamika Clark and April Dixon.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 45 years, Bobbie Clark; son, Todd Clark; daughters Bridgette (Louis) Shepard, Columbus, GA. and Renae Love (Nekio Canty) Dayton, OH; brothers, Lloyd Clark and Kenneth Clark, Dayton, OH; sisters, Florence Banks, Debbie Bowen and Lisa Clark, Dayton, OH; special God children Glenda and Sonya Freeman, Dayton, OH; Kristi Evans, Chattanooga, TN; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5b

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, November 27, 2023, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 70 Hollencamp Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45417, with Rev Dr. Alvin Cotton officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Interment: Jefferson View Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to THOMAS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 4520 Salem Ave. Online condolences may be sent to the family at