Clarence Edward Dodgens, 92, of Burgaw, NC, was born to Christian parents, James E. and Tiny Hill Dodgens in Pelzer, South Carolina on April 28, 1924. Through out his life Clarence lived in South Carolina, Georgia and most recently in Burgaw, North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Katherine Parker Dodgens; son, Clarence, Jr.; sister, Evelyn Stamey and brother, Paul James Dodgens..
He is survived by his sisters, Hazel Mercer of Charlotte and Elizabeth Williams of Statesville; one local nephew, Darrell Dodgens and his wife, Sara; nieces, nephews, and many special and loyal friends.
Clarence Dodgens graduated from Lowell High School, completed undergraduate work at Gardner Webb and Limestone Colleges, graduate work at Furman University and Wofford College, and received graduate degrees from NC State University. He was an educator having served as teacher, principal, superintendent and Director of Guidance Services, all in North Carolina. Serving in many administrative positions at Cape Fear Community College, he retired as Vice President in 1993. He was involved in accreditation procedures both in NC Community Colleges and in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was a World War II veteran and was on active duty during the Korean Conflict.
Clarence Dodgens was an ordained Baptist minister having served as a pastor, interim pastor, and supply pastor in several churches. He taught Sunday school for many years at Burgaw Baptist Church where he was a member.
Clarence was active in civic organizations and was past president of the Burgaw Rotary Club and past chairman of the Rotary Foundation for District 7730.
Clarence had a great respect for God’s creations; he especially enjoyed the plant world and sharing plants with others. His saying, “Not a favorite flower, but overwhelmed with the wide variety that God gave us for food and enjoyment.” Clarence was truly a man of God; faithful, loyal, and a friend to many.
The family will receive friends at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Burgaw Baptist Church Fellowship Hall with funeral service at 12 noon in the church sanctuary. The Rev. Tom Canady will conduct the service.
A graveside service will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in Edgewood Cemetery, Lowell, NC with the Rev. Robert Roten officiating.
Memorial gifts may be given to Burgaw Baptist Church, PO Box 385, Burgaw, NC 28425 or to Baptist Children’s Homes, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.