Milton Stephen Clark, Jr.

Milton Stephen Clark, Jr.

October 7, 2020, 75, Goldsboro

Milton Stephen Clark, Jr died Wednesday, October 7, 2020 after an extended battle with ALS.

Steve was born June 21, 1945, in Goldsboro to the late Dr. and Mrs. Milton Stephen Clark. He graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1963, where he was voted “friendliest” in his graduating class. He earned his undergraduate degree from Atlantic Christian College and a graduate degree from Duke University.

Steve served in the US Air Force before returning to Goldsboro and beginning his career in the financial services field. He retired from Merrill Lynch in 2004, and then found a new passion for teaching humanities at Wayne Community College.

He was married to Marjorie Smith Clark for 51 years.

Steve was loved by many and will be remembered for his kindness and love for his family, especially his grandsons.

Steve’s love for Goldsboro was evident in his many years of service to his community. He served on the Goldsboro City Council from 1983-1987, where he was a member of the Law and Finance Committee, as well as the Military Affairs Committee. He served on the boards of directors of the Wayne County Public Library, Wayne County Museum, Wayne County Historical Association, and Wayne Community Building. He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club and Goldsboro Rotary Club, and served as chairman of the United Way of Wayne County’s Speakers’ Bureau. He was president of the East Carolina Financial Planning Council. One of Steve’s fondest memories was from when he served as president of the United Way’s Admissions and Budget Committee during the year that the organization was opened to women. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Willowdale Cemetery. Attendees are asked to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and bring a chair if needed. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.

In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by his daughter, Marjorie Fickling, and her husband, Tye, of Goldsboro; his grandsons, Will and Clark Fickling, also of Goldsboro; his sisters, Donna Williams, and her husband, Frank, of Lookout Mountain, GA, Ellen Lightfoot Clark of Oak Island, and Deborah Clark of SC; his in-laws, Ann and Harold Hall of Raleigh, Henry and Kim Smith of Goldsboro, Kempton and Gina Smith of Lenoir, and Elford Morgan of Spartanburg, SC; his aunt, Phyllis Skeffington of Savannah, GA; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a very special friend, Sandra Grant.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his sister, Barbara Alvarez, and his sister-in-law, Jane Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to The Foundation of Wayne Community College, PO Box 8002, Goldsboro, NC 27533, or The ALS Association NC Chapter, 4 N. Blount St, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601.

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