Ocea Clark

Ocea Lee Clark, 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was educated in the Georgia School System. She joined Chandler Chapter Baptist Church at an early age and later joined Greater Park City Baptist Church with the Rev. John Foster and Rev. Hewlet. Ocea was the first black woman to sing gospel songs on Saturdays at a local TV station in Fort Oglethorpe. She worked in private homes. She was a dedicated wife, mother of 13 and grandmother who spent much of her time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Lillie Ballanger; husband, Felton Julius Clark Sr.; son, David Stanley Clark; brothers, Bill, Arthur, Walter and John Ballanger; sisters, Charlie Ham and Hattie KoJa. Ocea leaves to mourn her passing sons, Napoleon (Virginia) Clark, Felton Clark, Jr., Chattanooga, Roy Clark, Washington, D.C., Alonzo Clark, Flintstone, Ga.; daughters, Rosa (John) Ryan, Louisville, Ky., Mary Clark, Chattanooga; one brother, Robert (Alberta) Ballanger; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Thelma (Walter) Ballanger and Mary (Talmadge) Clark; a host of other family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today in the chapel with Rev. James Talmade Clark officiating. Interment in Forest Hills Cemetery. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

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