Memory Book for Dr. James Varner (Nap) Clark
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My first memories of my Uncle Nap go back to when I was a young boy. Most have to do with visits to my Grandmother's house in Macon Mississippi, which was filled with photos of him and other family members and mementos of their lives growing up in a small southern town. I heard stories of his growing up, playing football, of him and my Uncle "Biscuit" spitting in the cookies my Mom would make so they could have them all since no one else would eat them! He was already a preacher in my earliest memories, and I remember being in awe of his love of God and knowledge of the Bible. I remember being a little scared for him when he would tell stories of reading the Word of God while driving his car on long highway tips. I remember one time when I was visiting as a little boy I kept bugging him to take me somewhere with him. I was so excited until he grabbed me up and took me in one of Grandma's rooms then threw me on the bed for a nap...I learned first hand how he got his nick name!

I got to know him best when my folks would send my sisters and me for several weeks to Marigold to stay with him during summers which included a week at camp. How impressed I was at all of his "preacher boys" who would bring their young people to grow in the faith under my uncle's teachings.

I can remember bragging to my friends that my Uncle was the Chaplain to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, something I especially did to anyone who said they were from Mississippi. I was amazed at how many knew who he was, many of whom had been blessed by his ministry.

Uncle Nap, as they lay your earthly body to rest today, I know that you have already fellowshipped with Dad, Grandma, Uncle Danny and many others, but most of all the one who you spent your life serving, our precious savior Jesus. I look forward to seeing you again at the great family reunion to come!

Posted by: Jud Crane - Milton, FL - Nephew
Jul 23, 2012

Dixie and family, I was so sad to read in Sunday's paper about Nap's death. He will be missed. But what a tremendous influence on so many lives! Don't you know he is having a wonderful time in Heaven hugging all those friends who had already gone on before him, but especially seeing Jesus, the one he taught about all those years. I believe Nap heard Him say, "Well done my good and faithful, servant." Praying for you during this time.

Posted by: Debbie Leach Patrick - MS
Jul 23, 2012

What a wonderful legacy of faith he leaves behind. I, too, am a life that was changed by his investment in the lives of college students. God bless as you celebrate his home going and grove the void his going leaves behind.

Posted by: Leanna Lindsey Hollis - Blue Springs, MS - Friend
Jul 22, 2012

Dixie, Stephanie & Susan, My thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of loss. Dixie, You & Nap have always been very special to me & my family. Nap will be missed by many people. We love you all dearly & are here for you if you ever need anything.

Posted by: Tina Mullins - Starkville, MS - family
Jul 22, 2012

No matter how far away I have lived Nap Clark was a phone call away. He was never too busy to talk and keep you focused on God's wonderful love for you. Were it not for an accidental phone call from him when I was at MSU, I might not be saved today. grew up tradiitional Baptist but did not understand GRACE. Because he NEVER pressured I kept going to Emmanuel.
His faithfulness in teaching God's word and the plan of salvation chnaged my life forever. My first thought upon hearing of his passing was that heaven must be rejoicing. He went to sleep and woke up to jesus.

I have known him over forty years of my life. For three years we lived a blcok apart, and my twin sons became close firends with him. They, too, were saved under his ministry. He officiated at my son Ben's wedding.
He was always there for me with a hug and a smile and directing me to God's word. He set my on the path to search the scriptures for answers and not lean on any man. he was humble, loving, gracious and the epitome of what being a christian is about. He never held grudges or acted unbecomikngly in the face of setbacks that come to us all. he SHOWED us how to depend on God....alone.

His influence has affected eternity for so many people. "Weel done faithful servant." I will never forget him and miss him so much. He was a very special man..

Susan. Stephanie, and Dixie, thank you for sharing your wonderful husband and father with so many of us. He loved you all very much. he showed us all how to live and let God take care of the rest.

Love, Cile and family

Posted by: Cile Zieren - Oxford, MS - he was my pastor and friend
Jul 21, 2012

Dixie & girls, We were so sorry to hear of Nap's passing. But we know where he is and he will be there to greet us when we get to heaven, with arms wide open for a great big Nap hug. Love ya'll. Milton & Lyn

Posted by: Milton Trice - Mantee, MS - family and friend
Jul 20, 2012

Will always fondly remember Uncle Nap and his camps were a BLAST!!

Posted by: Christa Clark-Person - Cibolo, TX - Niece
Jul 20, 2012

Dear Dixie, Susan and Stephanie, Bobbie and I are sad to hear of Nap leaving this earth, because we were coming through in only two weeks. We both need a "Nap hug." (Everybody could use one of those.) What can I way? I loved him and he loved me. When I think about what Jesus looked like, I don't think of a man with brown hair and a beard. I think of a man with white hair built like a bear surrounded by young men and women hungry to learn the Bible under his teaching. I'll miss him until I get to heaven for that next hug.

Posted by: Bill Boggess - Montigny le Btx, France - Nap was my first pastor mentor.
Jul 20, 2012

Dixie, Susan and Stephanie my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. Nap wasn't just a pastor to me or a very special friend he was family. I will never forget his last visit with daddy. I will truly miss his great big hugs, the best hugs anyone could give. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you as you go thru this. And I'm not say good bye to Nap I'm saying until I see you again. Sending love to you all. I truly loved Nap.
Love, Nelda Thompson Brazeale

Posted by: Nelda Thompson Brazeale - Starkville, MS
Jul 20, 2012

Dear Dixie and family,
What a wonderful thing for Nap to graduate to Glory while doing the thing he loved best: teaching truth in a clear and understandable way. Nap's clear teaching ministered to me when I was a seeker during my high school days and my freshman year in college. He explained profound truths in a way that made sense.
May you know the Lord's grace and comfort during your time of sorrow. Know that our prayers are with you all.
Love in Christ,
Alice (Harned) Walters

Posted by: Alice Harned Walters - Kandern, Germany, MS
Jul 20, 2012