Retired Naval Captain and former member of the SC House of Representatives Ken Clark of Swansea pass
Lexington SC (Devin Ruiz) - On May 10, 2017, former SC House of Representative Member Kenneth G. “Ken” Clark passed away. Clark touched the lives of everyone around him in many ways.
Clark had an impressive navy career prior to retiring at the rank of captain. He later led the school of Christ Central Institute with fierce determination, wisdom, and diligence.
Clark also served in the South Carolina State House of Representative for District 96, which includes Aiken and Lexington Counties. During his tenure, he served as a member of the Education and Public Works Committee, as well as being a member of the K-12 Education Subcommittee.
Clark had an incredible impact on Christ Central Institute during his time as its president. He not only led the school to incredible heights, but had the opportunity to be a source of wisdom and inspiration to each student.
Clark became president of the institution in 2006 and led the school during its early stages. The experience and professionalism that he acquired over his years as a navy captain only added to the work ethic that he displayed at the school. Not only was he an inspiration through work ethic, but he also had great compassion for his students, personally helping those who struggled.
Clark grew up in poverty in a house with five siblings, and he experienced the hardships of attending school with difficult obstacles. He became an example of someone who learned to overcome vastly overwhelming circumstances and reaching great heights and accomplishments.
Clark had a true passion for education and the list of his past roles confirms it. He served as a Member of the Board of Trustees for South Carolina School Boards Association, the Board of Trustees in Lexington District, and was a substitute teacher for all grades in his district. He was determined to have a continuing knowledge of what was taking place inside the schools he represented.
Over his life, he was recognized for his efforts to improve the education system. He was awarded the Carolina Careers Governor’s Special Recognition Award for his work in support of the Education Economic Development Act (EEDA) and in general toward public education. He was also given the Order of the Palmetto in 2006.
He was well known for his empathetic sensibilities which allowed him to be a true source of hope and guidance for those who asked for help. His life is an amazing testimony of God’s promise of love and change. All who served with Clark, or who knew him, personally count themselves fortunate to have affected by his life.
A funeral will be held on Monday, May 15th at 2:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church in Gaston, SC. Culler-McAlhaneyFuneral Home will be hosting visiting hours from 6:00-8:00 pm on Saturday, May 13th.