Thursday, June 17, 2021

Death of Sumpter Township Treasurer is mourned

James Clifton Clark, Jr., 
Sumpter Township Treasurer James Clifton Clark, Jr., 78, died June 7 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after complications from the COVID-19 virus.

Mr. Clark, a long-time Sumpter Township resident, was born Sept. 24, 1942 in Detroit, the oldest of 10 children of James and Marion (Copening) Clark. Mr. Clark held a master's degree in engineering from Wayne State University and retired from Ford Motor Co. as a Quality Manager after 44 years of service.  

Mr. Clark was well-known throughout the community and served many years as the Sumpter Township Building Inspector and as a member of the  Planning Commission. He also served on the township Zoning Board of Appeals and he, along with his father, wrote the first ordinance for Sumpter Township.

Mr. Clark built churches around Ohio and homes in Michigan, including the clubhouse at Holiday West Mobile Home Community. 

Mr. Clark was in the first year of his term as Sumpter Township Treasurer.  He is the fourth Sumpter Township official to die in office in the past six years. 

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife of 29 years, Toni G. Clark;  five children, Jim Clark of Ann Arbor, Loni Faler of Santa Monica, CA, Melissa Nicholson of Greenville, SC, and Lisa Eller and Alisa Watkins, both of Belleville; 12 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; his extended family members; professional colleagues and a multitude of friends.  

Cremation rites have been accorded.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the David C. Brown Funeral Home, in Belleville. A memorial service took place June12 at the Sumpter Seventh Day Advent Church in Sumpter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.