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Patricia Blount Morris Clarke

Patricia Blount Morris Clarke, a native of Hertford, NC, died Monday, September 29, 2014 among family at her home in Petersburg, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Edgar Morris Sr. and Pattie Blount Morris of Hertford, NC; and her brother, John E. Morris Jr. of High Point, NC.

“Pat” was a graduate of Duke University, where she was on the Dean’s List and a member of Phi Mu Sorority. She began teaching in the public schools of Raleigh, and continued in Petersburg until her retirement in 1987. A member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Petersburg, she also taught classes in Sunday school.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, George Roger Clarke Jr.; sons, George Roger Clarke III of Hertford, NC and John Morris Clarke of Petersburg; daughter, Marian Clarke Hurdelbrink and husband, Robert Hurdelbrink of Richmond, VA; sister-in-law, Ann Morris Allred of High Point, NC; and two nieces, Martha Morris Bunch and Susan Morris Doss and their husbands, Thomas and Randy, and children, John and Caroline, respectively, all of Greensboro, NC.

Beloved for her keen mind and compassionate soul, Pat will be profoundly missed. Plans for a memorial service at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and luncheon in her honor will be announced in the coming weeks.

Memorial donations may be made by mail to: READING IS FUNDAMENTAL 1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW, 11th Flr., Washington, D.C. 20036; by telephone to 1-877-RIF-READ; or online at