April 13, 2012
On April 13, 2012, while sleeping peacefully, Clarence Lucas was called Home to God.
Clarence was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Roe, Ark., to Ike and Elzina Hopkins Lucas. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and was one of seven children: Travis, Charles, Frank, Theophilus, Jessie and Adeline.
Clarence was the last surviving member of this family.
Clarence joined the United States Navy in 1942. He trained as both a ship’s cook and as a gunner’s mate at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, North Chicago, Ill., and served aboard the USS Pathfinder during World War II.
Upon his discharge, Clarence joined the Merchant Marines and saw even more of the world in the Pacific, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska all the way to China and Australia.
Clarence prayed to God to help him find a wife. He wrote a childhood friend, Emma Earline Pride, of Russellville.
She wrote back and on Aug. 13, 1952, they became husband and wife. After the wedding, they moved to North Chicago, Ill., and started their family.
Clarence was employed for 22 years by American Motors/Chrysler, in Kenosha, Wis.
In 1981, Clarence and Emma Earline moved to Russellville. They enjoyed 25 years of golden retirement. Emma Earline, Clarence’s best friend, went Home to God on September 15, 2006, after 54 years, one month and two days of living and loving together.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, with burial in Franklin Memory Gardens. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Clarence is survived by three children, Patricia Lucas and Teresa Lucas of Mobile, and Victor Lucas of Meridian, Miss.; three grandchildren, Claressa and J.R. Davis of Atlanta, Ga., Andrea and Greg Vaughn, of Jackson, Miss., and Victor Lucas II of Biloxi, Miss.; two great-grandchildren, Evelyn Lucas and Julian Davis and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – I Corinthians 15:58
Please know the family of Clarence Lucas wishes to express our acknowledgement and heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for all your kind expressions of love and support during our time of bereavement. Thank you all.