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We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your will not be used for any other purpose. Jesse D. Clark, Jr. He was the oldest son of nine children born to the union of Rev. Clark Sr. Luter Clark. He was a direct fire canon operator and often repaired tanks in the dark. Jesse developed the gift of fixing cars with his eyes closed by feeling the parts and repairing them.
Jesse was also a member of the American Legion Post Jesse later ed the University of Illinois Fraternal Order of Police becoming the first Black Police Officer, serving not only the University, but his community as well. Following his retirement as a Police Officer, his service continued. Jesse was well known in the community and a mentor to many youth and young adults.
Lucille Coleman, while attending church in Canton, IL. They dated for nine years. Lucille waited for him to return from the war and he waited for her to finish nursing school. On July 10, the wait was over and they were married. He was a family man and a good provider, making sure his family was well taken care of.
At times, providing did not stop with his family, but helping others as well. He loved family and would do anything and go anywhere for family. He also loved his community and beyond. If someone was in need, he was there. The Bible says to show yourself friendly and he did just that. So much so, he never met a stranger and loved to talk about Jesus. He accepted Christ at an early age at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Over the years, Jesse's relationship with Christ grew and he accepted his calling as a Deacon. His service was not only to his church, but to the community.
Those having a conversation with him would often leave feeling happy with spiritual words of encouragement.
Jesse loved to sing and was a member of the Mt. Olive Male Chorus where he was a stellar bass singer. Jesse came from a family of singers, singing often times with his siblings at family functions. Jesse also established a Tuesday night coffee fellowship.
Deacons and friends would meet faithfully. Lots of laughter would roar from the booths at Urbana Gardens Restaurant. The men bonded, uplifted, supported, and encouraged each other. Although you couldn't get him on an airplane or Lu on a boat, they would drive from coast to coast and never take the same route twice. Jesse loved to camp and would take his family on camping trips, to family reunions, vacations, or sometimes a trip just because it was a beautiful day. And if the wife and kids weren't available, he'd scoop up his roaddogs Jimmie Bolton and Ruby Hunt and set out for Tennessee to visit family at the drop of a hat.
He loved working with his hands and enjoyed woodwork and building things. He even deed and built the home his family still lives in. Bradley Avenue, Urbana, IL from p. Family will not be present. Pastor Keith Thomas, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy. A private viewing will begin at a. Due to CDC Regulations, attendance restrictions will be enforced, social distancing, and wearing of masks will be required. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jesse D.
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