Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Hessie Sharp Clark

Hessie Sharp Clark, 91, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018, in Cary, NC, after several years of declining health following 42 years as a public school educator.

The family would like friends to join them at Fairview Memorial Park for a graveside service on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM to share memories of her life.  The Reverend Matt Druheller, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will lead the service.

Mrs. Clark was born July 20, 1927 in Iredell County to the late Lewis and Hessie Privette Sharp.

She received her advanced education from Longwood University in Virginia, specializing in public school education and religious activities. She chose to dedicate her life’s work to children.  After several years of teaching in Virginia she returned to North Carolina to pursue a career in public education.  She participated in numerous community organizations, cultural arts programs, and many endeavors of the area’s various religious faiths.  The rolling hills and waterways of Stanly County provided her many pleasurable activities.

Preceding her in death were Billy Johnson Clark, husband of 44 years, her parents, sisters: Ethel Earnhardt of Albemarle and Nettie Allen of Wagner, SC and one brother, Arvel D. Sharp of Amelia, VA.

Surviving Mrs. Clark are one daughter, Becky Jo Clark Stafford (Dan) of Raleigh, a son “Buster” Billy J. Clark, Jr. (Katherine) of Apex, five grandchildren: Jonathan Stafford (Raleigh), BJ Clark III (Fuquay), Josh Stafford (Charleston, SC), Andrew Clark (Apex), and Laura Clark (Atlantic Beach). She has one great grandson, Jared Deroche of Raleigh and two nieces: Nettie E. Allgood of Greensboro and Johnnie A. West of Wagner, SC.

Mrs. Clark’s family would like to thank all who shared in her loving care: Drs. Godwin, Melo, & Shank, Mary Troutman of the Senior Center, Evelyn Honeycutt of Rescare, and her special guardian angels Suzanne Griffith, Pauline Lowder, and Lynn Swaringen. Thank you all for your devotion.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Senior Center of Albemarle, c/o Mary Troutman.


  • Lynnie Lawrence Posted September 24, 2018 9:02 pm

    Rest in peace Mrs. Clark you were one of my favorite teachers. Thank you for everything you did for your students.

  • Glenn Petti Posted September 25, 2018 3:02 pm

    Grandma, I will always look after your son and your family. As we only met for a bref time, I felt you were my grandma as well. Rest In Peace friend❤️

  • Deborah Whitley Posted September 25, 2018 5:49 pm

    Mrs. Clark was one of my favorite teachers! 6th grade. Thank you for investing in my life!

  • Jane Ashley Posted September 26, 2018 4:18 pm

    My sincere sympathy extended to all the family and friends for your loss. You have an angel looking our for you from above.

  • Pam Denmark Posted September 27, 2018 1:39 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Geneva Austin Posted September 28, 2018 11:10 am

    Sorry to hear this

  • Gary Wilhoit Posted September 28, 2018 8:50 pm

    Becky Jo and Buster, my heart was so sadden to hear of your sweet Mom’s passing. She was a special lady and was always a joy to be around. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.

    • Beck Stafford Posted October 1, 2018 10:21 pm

      Gary, good to hear from you after all these years. Thank you.

  • Charleen Lisk Posted September 29, 2018 3:55 am

    I really enjoyed talking to Mrs. Clark. I cleaned her home and we always enjoyed each others company. She always talked about her children and her husband. She will truly be missed but she is in a good place. My sympathies to all her family.

  • G Steven Ellis Posted October 1, 2018 3:52 pm

    My precious cousin, Hessie; You were a continual blessing and source of inspiration in my pursuit of ministerial studies and 27 years as pastor of the the historic Church on the Hill, Swedenborgian, in Boston, MA. I will miss you and your remarkable handwritten correspondences, taking comfort in knowing you are with God and all the angels, our larger extended family, my awesome wife, Brenda, strengthening us in our resolve to live life forward. Go with God, your cousin 1x removed. (grandson of Georgia Dora Sharpe Campbell, your aunt)

  • Ana Posted October 14, 2018 6:03 pm

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

  • Candy Paul Givens Posted November 22, 2018 8:32 pm

    My heart is broken. I just found out about my Aunt Hessie. I just went to her house today from Jacksonville, Florida to surprise her. I had no idea. I had not seen her in many years but I always loved her. So sorry Becky and Buster.

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