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Rev. James Alexander ‘Jim’ Clarke
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Memorial services for the Rev. James Alexander “Jim” Clarke, 76, of Cornelia, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Sautee-Nacoochee, with Bishop Robert Wright officiating. A reception will follow the service.

Rev. Alexander died Sunday, April 6, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Born Aug. 15, 1937, in Fulton County, he was a son of the late James Thomas and Mildred Alexander Clarke.

Jim was an Atlanta native, a graduate of Georgia State University and earned a Master of Divinity degree at the School of Theology at the University of the South. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1968, he went to serve St. James’, Marietta; St. Catherine’s, Marietta; St. Mary’s, East Point; and for seven years as assistant to the bishop for special ministries. He was the catalyst for the formation of St. Mary’s as an Hispanic congregation and was well known around the diocese, especially in Northeast Georgia, as a supply priest and interim rector.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Tuck Clarke; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Bill Johnson of Alpharetta, Elizabeth and Wes Duke of Roswell; sons and daughter-in-law, James and Jill Clarke of Suwanee, and Michael Clarke of Woodstock; stepdaughter and husband, Jackie and Lane Arthur of Grimes, Iowa; stepsons and wives, Robbie and Julie Smith of Dallas, Texas, Warren and Missy Smith of Charlotte, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Neda Clarke of Hoschton; grandchildren, Samantha Clarke, Paige Clarke, James Duke, Alex Duke, Brittany Smith, Cole Smith, Walker Smith, Morgan Smith, Jonathan Arthur, Sarah Catherine Arthur, Will Arthur, McKenzie Smith and Tate Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Church of the Resurrection Pre-school, 1755 Duncan Bridge Road, Sautee, GA 30571 (706-865-9680) or to the Episcopal Relief Fund, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

Wednesday, April 9, 2014