Dr. James Varner (Nap) Clark

  • BORN: June 19, 1930
  • DIED: July 18, 2012
  • LOCATION: Starkville, Mississippi

James Varner (Nap) Clark, age 82, died peacefully at his youth camp on Wednesday July 18, following a long fruitful life serving the Lord Jesus Christ. His service was marked by a passion to present God's priceless gift of forever life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
Visitation will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The funeral services will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery of Macon, MS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Carson Clark and Melva Varner Clark of Macon, MS and two brothers, Charlie Carson Clark, Jr., William Clark and sister Elizabeth Clark Conn. Nap is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dixie Mullins Clark of Starkville, MS; two daughters, Susan Clark Karr and her husband Bradley Jason Karr and one grandson Colson Grant Karr; and Stephanie Clark Preston and her husband Brian James Preston all of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his two sisters, Savella Clark Crane of Pensacola, FL and Rita Clark Daniels of Baton Rouge, LA; and two brothers, Larry (Biscuit) Clark of Dallas, TX and Robert Clark of Naples, FL.
Nap was born on June 19, 1930, in Macon, MS, attended Macon High School where he lettered five years in football, and graduated from Mississippi College with a BA in Bible and a minor in New Testament Greek. After college he went into youth ministries where he led teenage Bible clubs and summer youth camps throughout Mississippi. Nap's first pastorate was Coila Baptist Church followed by Sidon Baptist Church of Sidon, MS, Cowart Baptist Church of Charleston, MS and Marigold Baptist Church of Marigold, MS. In 1971 Nap moved to Starkville where he served as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church for nineteen years. He was pastor of Grace Christian Community Church in Starkville and Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, MS.
Nap faithfully preached the grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone message for over 57 years. Nap's legacy is equipping people with basic Bible truth so that they have a strong foundation on which to build their knowledge of the Word. He is also known for his Ikthoos Summer Youth Camps comprised of youth from all over the south. Located in a college town, he was a strong influence in the lives of students attending Mississippi State University and served as Chaplain for the MSU football team for many years. Hundreds of young people from Nap's various ministries have gone into the ministry full time serving as pastors, missionaries, and Bible teachers around the world.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following ministries:
Grace Christian Community Church
100 Countryside Road
Starkville, MS 39759

Pine Bluff Baptist Church
27535 Mantee Rd.
Mantee, MS 39751

Special designations can be made to outreach ministries supported by these churches including The Evangelical Alliance (Bill Boggess of France), Emmanuel and Associates (Wyatt Gwin), New Tribes Mission (Doug Schermerhorn), Christian Thinktank (Glenn Miller), Glimpses of Grace (Dick Hill), Emmanuel Baptist Church of Starkville, MS and also Master's Men (Ken Sheppard).

The service will be led by Kenny Hodges, Dennis Smithey, Hilton (Butch) Simmons, Daniel Brown and Richard J. (Dick) Hill. Music will be led by the Ikthoo

  • July 22, 2012
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • 1350 Old Hwy 12
  • Starkville, MS 39759
  • (662) 324-1000
  • Get Directions
Funeral Service
  • July 23, 2012
    3:00 PM
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • 1350 Old Hwy 12
  • Starkville, MS 39759
  • (662) 324-1000
  • Get Directions


“ I was saved by the ministry of Nap Clark and sat under his teaching for 5 year while I was a student - he is responsible for me going to Bible...Read More »

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