May 13, 2023, 64, Mount Olive –
On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2023, Clark Vann Pridgen passed away unexpectedly. He was 64. While his passing leaves a huge void in the lives of his family left behind, it gave his late mother the best Mother’s Day gift imaginable–the welcoming home of her baby son.
Clark was the youngest son of the late John William Pridgen and Ethel Williams Pridgen. He was their number twelve.
Having been raised on a dairy farm, Clark experienced life as a farmer, had worked in a cabinet shop, and had been employed at Mt. Olive Pickle Company, as well as other work venues.
Clark is survived by five sisters and brothers-in-law, Norma P. Smith of Hanover, Maryland, Nancy P. Holzworth of New Bern, Mary Linda P. Sutton and Tommy Sutton of Mount Olive, Betty Sue P. Rose and the Rev. Paul Rose, of Mount Olive, and Judy P. Kelly and Bill Kelly, of Raleigh; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William Harper Pridgen and Marcia Pridgen of Florida, and Charles Pridgen and Mary Jo Pridgen, of Mount Olive; and many nieces and nephews, and their families.
Clark was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marjorie P. Garris and the Rev. Gerald Garris, and Brenda P. Williams; brothers, Robert Morris Pridgen and David Pridgen; and brothers-in-law, Robert “Bob” Smith, and George “Bud” Holzworth.
Clark’s life will be remembered in a simple way, just the way that he lived. Graveside rites will be Tuesday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m. at the John Pridgen Family Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Rose and Jennifer Rose Barwick will speak of special memories. The family will receive friends at the cemetery after the service, and at other times at the Paul Rose residence.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial gifts be made to the Celebrate Recovery program at Faison Baptist Church, PO Box 280, Faison, NC 28341.