Miriam Hite Mitchell Clark

  • Born: April 8, 1932
  • Died: June 18, 2017
  • Location: Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation Services

3131 Martin Luther King Drive
PO Box 3150
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Tel. (910) 645-2600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Miriam Hite Mitchell Clark, 85, was called home to heaven on Sunday, June 18, 2017. She was the loving wife of David Kemp Clark of Elizabethtown, NC, for sixty-six years and the mother of David Kemp Clark, Jr. (wife Vicki), Mary Kay Clark (husband David Lee), Cindy Clark Carroll (husband Clifton) and Hope Clark Campbell (husband Brian). She dearly loved her granddaughters Christian, Claire, Cybil and Cydney Campbell and grandson Davie Carroll. She was a devoted older sister to Martha Potter, Marie Medlin, Ginny Myers, and brother Terry Mitchell. Miriam was greeted in heaven by her parents Charles and Evelyn Mitchell and brothers Charles Mitchell Jr. and Bob Mitchell.

Born and raised in Kelly, NC, she returned to "The Old Place" often to do what she enjoyed most, surround herself with her family and celebrate the beauties of nature. She loved the Cape Fear River and family camping trips in the Smoky Mountains (although she could do without snakes!). An active environmentalist, she worked hard to keep the world beautiful and safe.

Miriam wrote poetry and was a gifted storyteller. She was called upon frequently to recount childhood anecdotes of growing up in the country, including close encounters with a neighbor's bull, and being rescued by boat from the second floor porch during a flood.

Her love of music ranged from old time hymns to Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley. She sang in the church choir of the Elizabethtown Baptist Church, where she also taught Sunday school, for over sixty-years. Those who heard her will tell you that Heaven's choir just improved. Those who knew her will tell you that her faith never wavered.

She attended Campbell College from which she was given the 2009 Alumni Service Award and worked at Bladen County Hospital before becoming a full time homemaker and mother. Miriam served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a chaperone on many band trips. She was a "Dance Mom" before the term existed. She will be remembered for her cooking skills, beautiful gardens, and spotless homes.

Miriam would fish until she could no longer see the water and had to be told it was time to go home, but might not leave even then if they were biting.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10 am at Elizabethtown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall followed by an 11 am funeral service in the sanctuary officiated by Rev. Nathan Morton and Dr. Jerry Wallace. Burial will follow the services in the Elizabethtown Cemetery. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of David and Miriam Clark, 6590 US Hwy 701 N., White Lake, NC 28337.

In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made to Elizabethtown Christian Academy, 1800 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr Clark and Family,
So sorry for your loss but she is rejoicing with the angels in heaven. Never knew Mrs. Clark but sounds like she had a beautiful life and was a wonderful lady to love and know. Always remember your good times together and may those memories give you peace and comfort during difficult times.

Posted by Johnny & Jill Pilkington - Clayton, NC - Acquaintance   June 21, 2017

Hope, Brian, Christian, Claire, Cybil and Cydney our thoughts are with each of you during this time. May our Heavenly Father wrap his loving arms around each of you and give you comfort at this time and in the days ahead. The loving obituary is certainly a tribute to her life, love for nature and service to others. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the entire Clark family as well. May God Bless each of you and keep you in His loving care. Paul and Jane Phillips, Kyle Phillips and Catherine Jones, Cole and Lindsay Phillips

Posted by Jane and Paul Phillips - Kenansville NC, NC - Friend   June 21, 2017

Sounds like your Mom was a lovely lady and will be missed. Kemp, my prayers are with you
And your family.

Posted by Brenda Smith-Sykes - White Lake, NC - Classmate   June 21, 2017

May the God of all comfort grant you peace at this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   June 21, 2017

Mr. David and family: We are so very sorry for your great loss. Mrs. Miriam was a dear sweet southern lady loved by so many people and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time and in the days ahead. Johnny & Marguerite Coble

Posted by Johnny & Marguerite Coble - Garland, NC   June 20, 2017


Mr.David and family, We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Posted by Diane and Roger Spence - Camp Clearwater   June 20, 2017

Cindy, you and your family are in my thought and prayers. May you feel God holding you in the palm of his hand and know His peace and comfort.

Posted by Linda Hester - Clayton, NC - Friend   June 20, 2017


Posted by freda brittain - raleigh, NC   June 20, 2017

Always remembered in our Hearts for sharing her Warm, Jovial, Embracing, Loving, Caring Heart with All she met

Posted by Joan Bass - Carolina Beach, NC - Family Friend   June 20, 2017


The family is in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Carla Grimes - White Oak, NC   June 20, 2017


Posted by Alisha Evans Ortega - Elizabethtown, NC   June 20, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Clark's passing. She was the sweetest lady, I remember how patient she was with us at church and how much she loved us. I pray for comfort for Mr. Clark, Hope and all of her loved ones. She will be truly missed.

Posted by Alisha Evans Ortega - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 20, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Posted by Chris Moncourtois - Stella, NC - Friend   June 20, 2017

The Clark Family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ~Keith Herbs, Bill Silva and United Renewable Energy

Posted by Keith Herbs - Winston-Salem - Friend   June 20, 2017

So Sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent to family.

Posted by Mark Summerlin - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 20, 2017

I am so very sorry for your family's loss.

Posted by Jenny Register McLamb - Acquaintance   June 20, 2017

David, so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you.

Posted by Hugh and Mable Danford - Southport, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017


Mr. David, Hope and family, I am so sorry for the lost of your dear wife,mother and grandmother. My prayers are with you and your family. Just know you have a sweet angel to watch over you. Sorry I can't be at the services but my prayers will continue. Sincerely Jeanette P Bridgers 04 Melvin Street Camp Clearwater

Posted by Jeanette Bridgers - Kenly, NC - Acquaintance   June 19, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Ms. Miriam will be greatly missed. She was a very special lady. You all are in my prayers. With love.

Posted by Brenda M. Register - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

What a sweet, sweet spirit Heaven has gained. She was a gem and my heart goes out to all of in the loss of her.

Posted by Carolyn Clark - Simpsonville, SC - Friend   June 19, 2017

Walter, Mr. Rudolph and I will miss seeing Mrs. Miriam fishing at Southport. She and Mr. Clark would be in a boat, we would be in another. We had to keep checking with each other to see if any fish had been caught. She looked pretty in the morning, pretty when she got back to the boat ramp at dark. It is true she would fish till dark waiting for the next bite.
On our way home we would stop and have something to eat. Lots of laughter as we talked about our day on the water. She was an elegant lady and loved by all. She will be missed. Our prayer and love to the family.

Posted by Walter & Diane McDuffie - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

Sweetest lady I have ever met. (Don't tell my mom) Mrs. Clark was a kind, sweet, gentle, loving, genuine, southernbell! The definition of a lady! Loved her and my heart has an ache knowing I won't see those pretty lips perfectly glossed with lipstick smiling at me again.

Posted by Dawn Maynard - White Lake, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017


We Are So Sorry For Your Loss, Of Mrs. Miriam. She Was A Very Sweet n Loving Lady. Will Be Missed By All. Our Thoughts n Prayers Are With You All During Your Loss. Billy n Barbara Johnson of Elizabethtown, N.C.

Posted by barbara johnson - elizabethtown, NC - Family Friend   June 19, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with
you all at this time.

Posted by Betty F Davis - White Lake, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Miriam's passing. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Susan Inman - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

One of the sweetest ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Posted by Jane Horst - Wilmington, NC   June 19, 2017

Mary Kay, I could always see how much you loved your mom and I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure much of your sweetness comes from her, so for that, you can be thankful. Though I never met her, it was obvious that the fishing piece in her obituary was spot on and I'm sure she appreciates that! My guess is that your resilience also was inherited from her and hope that helps you through this challenge. Thoughts, prayers, and love!

Posted by Carol Weeks - Pisgah Forest, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Ray and Wanda Britt - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

David, Kemp, Mary Kay, Cindy, Hope and all the rest of the family. I know how much she loved her family and that the grandchildren were the "apple of her eyes". Just think of all the wonderful memories that everyone has to treasure and may they be of great comfort to you in the days , months and years to come.Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.Kathy sends her love. She is keeping her six month old twins in Lillington. Our prayers to you, Roy and Melrose Ayers Lomax.

Posted by Melrose Lomax - Elizabethtown, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

Dear Clark family....
You were all so close to me when I was in High School and Mrs. Clark was always so kind and pleasant to me and I hung around a lot. I'am so sorry for your loss and and she leaves a big hole in your heart and your family. I hold you all in prayer and hope you can find some peace.

Posted by Robert Watson - Charlotte, NC - Family Friend   June 19, 2017


I am so sorry to hear your loss. I never knew Mrs. Clark but I have heard many wonderful things about Mrs. Clark from other people. I do believe earth lost one of its best and heaven gained an amazing angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by John & Lynn Walko - Harrells, NC   June 19, 2017

Mary Kay and family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a "mom" to so many and will be missed by all. May God fill your grief with the wonderful memories she has left behind.

Posted by Julie Adamchik Lewis - Raleigh, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

Mr. David and family, Bunk and I feel the loss of your wonderful wife, and mother. She was a precious lady with a good Christian heart. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Brenda Davis - Dublin, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

Ms. Clark was such a sweet, pretty, and caring person. Our prayers are with you all for God's grace during the coming days. Our hope is that the tears you shed now will be replaced with tears from laughter as you recall the fond memories of a good, wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend to all.

Posted by Paul and Julie Evans and Family - White Lake, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

The world is a better place because of sweet Miriam..now her legacy will be passed on to her already wonderful family. You'll be missing her for a long long time, but just remember how blessed you are by her awesome memories she gave to you. Praying for all of Miriam's family.

Posted by Cynthia Thomas - Fayetteville, NC - Family Friend   June 19, 2017

So very sorry for your loss. I'm holding the family close in my heart and wish for each of you the peace that passes understanding. XOXOXO

Posted by Lisa Gatens - Raleigh, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

Ann and I were so shocked and deeply sadden to learn of Miriam's passing. Ann is in the middle of her basketball camp and just cannot come but wants you all ---- especially Hope to know that you are in her thoughts and prayers. We pray that the Lord will give you the strength to get through this most difficult time and I know that He will. God bless you and know that we love you! Lou and Ann Hancock

Posted by Mary Hancock - ELIZABETHTOWN, NC - Friend   June 19, 2017

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