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Ms. Carelene Clarke, 74, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday March 2, 2014 at her residence after a period of declining health.
Ms. Clarke was born March 30, 1939 in Burke county, a daughter of the late Vester and Edna Brittain Clarke. She was a faithful and active member of Mount Home Baptist Church and a former member and Church Clerk of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. Carelene was a member of the WMU, Sunday School Teacher in the children's department and served on numerous committees of each church. She retired after over 40 years of service as the payroll clerk for Drexel Heritage Furniture Co.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Clark.
Surviving are two sisters, Norma Jean Pittman of Jacksonville, NC, Linda Bolick and husband Ken of Newton, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Clarke of Newton, a special nephew, Kenny Pritchard and wife Linda and their children, who she considered her grandchildren, Ty Pritchard, Anna Marie Pritchard and Bridget York. Also surviving are other nieces and nephews Allen Collins and wife Rita, Dreama Carter and husband David, Jerry Pitman, Lori Bolick, Amy Struthers, Carmen Creed and husband Larry, Kevin Clarke and a number of great=-nieces and great -nephews.
Funeral Services for Carelene Clarke will be held at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Mount Home Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Gamble and Rev. Mike Chandler officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:00 P.M. Wednesday at Mount Home Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Mount Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mount Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.

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