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“I just learned of Susan's passing and I am saddened. I went to law school with Susan, and although we were not friends I talked with her on...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Michael Tichenor - Memphis, TN

“Deeply saddened to read of Susan's passing. She was a special person to us in the 60's at West End United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. ...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Marilyn and Butch Rogers - TN

“I am so sorry to read of Susan's illness and passing. It has been many years since our paths crossed, as I have not been well and have restricted my...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Cynthia M. (Cindy) Odle - TN

“Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. Susan was an amazing gal and I know you will miss her deeply. You and all of your family are in my thoughts and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Huber - Little Rock, AR

“I was so sorry to read that Susan had been ill and now has passed away. We were friends when we were young "tweens," both attending St. John's when...Read More »
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“Susan was awesome in everything she did and to everyone she touched. She wil be forever missed. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jill clyburn - Fairfax , VA

“My favorite memory of Susan started almost twenty years ago. Mark brought her to Greers Ferry Lake to meet Lynn Hannon and Mike & Jayne Bauer and me...Read More »
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Susan McEwen Clark passed away peacefully at her home in Memphis on April 30, 2013 surrounded by her family and friends.

She was the daughter of retired United Methodist Bishop Roy C. Clark and the late Esther Maddox Clark. She is survived by her beloved husband, Mark A. Jones; three children in whom she gloried, Michael Taylor (Nicole), Andrew Taylor (Jordan), and Meghan Doyle (Wes); and her greatest joys, three grandchildren, McEwen Taylor, Olivia Doyle and Gaines Taylor. She is also survived by her dear sister, Lynn Clark, of Jackson, Mississippi and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Susan was born in Forest, Mississippi on September 16, 1952 and attended Memphis and Nashville public schools. She graduated with Distinction from Rhodes College in 1974, where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and tennis. She was later inducted into the Rhodes College Sports Hall of Fame. Following college, she taught English and coached four sports at St. Mary's Episcopal School. She returned to Rhodes College in 1981, where she served as Assistant Director of Admissions until entering law school in 1988.

She graduated first in her class from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, in 1991, where she was an Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Susan served as a judicial clerk to then U.S. District Judge Julia S. Gibbons from 1991-92. She joined Burch, Porter and Johnson, PLLC, in 1992, where she practiced employment law and complex commercial litigation. She also served on the firm's management committee and chaired the recruiting committee for five years.

Susan's leadership, legal and interpersonal skills earned her the respect of colleagues and clients. The Association for Women Attorneys, for which she served as president, recognized her with its highest honor, the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award, in 2004. After many years of service to her profession, her peers elected her President of the Memphis Bar Association in 2005. That same year she was inducted as a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. She also served for several years as a hearing officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

After her 2001 diagnosis of metastatic ocular melanoma, and the grim prognosis, Susan bravely participated in a series of clinical trials over the next 11 years at the National Cancer Institute and other medical centers around the country. Two of those trials resulted in break-through treatments for both melanoma and liver cancer. Throughout these years, she never allowed cancer to define her and she maintained an active and meaningful life. Her husband, Mark, was her partner every step of the way and she credited him, and the rest of her family, with the quality of life she enjoyed.

Susan left full-time law practice in 2006 and used her exceptional talents to benefit the community and her church, St. John's United Methodist Church, where she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and an Elder. She was a longtime board member of Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood and was instrumental in the establishment of Harrah's Hope Lodge for out-of-town adult cancer patients undergoing treatment in Memphis.

To every experience and challenge, Susan brought intellect, depth, thoughtfulness, perspective, kindness and love. She was an extraordinarily gifted and graceful person, with a world-class sense of humor.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, with the memorial service following at 3:30 p.m., both at St. John's United Methodist Church, on the corner of Peabody and Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. John's United Methodist Church.

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