Frances C. Lee entered into eternal rest with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. She was born on April 24, 1935, in Beckley, West Virginia to late parents of Minnie and Professor Benjamin T. Clark, Sr. She surrendered her life to God at an early age, was baptized in Jesus name, and was a member of the Militant Pillar and Ground of Truth (MPGT) under the leadership of the late Elder Richardson in Harper Heights, West Virginia. Frances was a graduate of Stratton High School in Beckley, West Virginia. She moved to Akron, Ohio and was a member of the MPGT on Cole Avenue under the guidance of the late Mother Alma Walker. While as a resident of Akron, she attended Hammel College where she majored in business and was employed as a secretary for the Board of Education in Akron, Ohio for a short while and later she found satisfaction working for the Yeager family. She later met and married the late Rev. Clennie L. Lee, and worked diligently with him to uphold God’s ministry. They moved to Canton, Ohio where she was the First Lady at East Side Baptist Church. She co-hosted a gospel radio program with her husband ministering the word of God and inspirational music and was a member of the Minister’s Wives’ Alliance. Years later, her husband was ordained as pastor at Second Baptist Church in East Liverpool, Ohio where she was dedicated to her church family. She was eager to speak on many occasions for Women’s Day. She worked at Lathrop Elementary School and later retired from Sugardale Foods, having worked over 25 years. Frances was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved to entertain people in her home; she was a meticulous housekeeper, and excellent cook. Frances’ song was “Surely God is Able,” and favorite sayings, “We must all be ready to see Jesus.” and her favorite scripture was Psalm 122: “I was glad when they said unto me; Let us go into the house of the Lord.” In addition to her parents, Frances C. Lee was preceded in death by brothers: Benjamin Thomas, Jr., William (Lavon), Lawrence (Betty), Alvia, and Ira Clark; step-sister, Althea (James) Lewis; sisters: Annie (James) Brown, and Dorothy Clark, as well as her husband, Rev. Clennie Lee Sr.; children: Clennie Lee Jr., Beverly (Daryl) Ledford, Angela (Joseph) Williams, and grandson, Aldelbert Lee. Frances C. Lee leaves cherished memories to her children; Benjamin (Francine) Lee and Samuel (LaVette) Lee and Francine (Neil) Stevens; brother: Frederick (Mary) Clark; sisters: Betty Hutchinson, and Dora Clark; sister-in-laws; Sarah (Rev. J. S.) Mulkey, Annethya and Beatrice Lee; (15) grand-children; (9) great-grandchildren; loyal friend of the family, Donna Harris and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends and church family.
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