Lottie P Clarke

September 12, 1944 ~ March 1, 2020 (age 75)


Lottie Clarke,75, was born on September 12, 1944 in Benton County, Mississippi, to the late Bishop Hardy L. Coleman, Sr. and the late Sister Ezera Starks Coleman.  In November, 1979, she was united in holy matrimony to Brother James F. Clarke.

Lottie received the Holy Ghost at an early age and was a member of Flatwood Grove Church of the Living God in Blue Mountain, MS.  She remained a faithful member even during her illness.  Her testimonies would light up the service.

Lottie was an entrepreneur.  She was the founder, owner and operator of the Mother Goose Daycare located in Ripley, MS for over 40 years.  Even as a child, she knew her calling.  Her parents were farmers and often while they were in the fields, she was tending to the babies and children until their work day had ended.  She was the oldest daughter of her parents and had several responsibilities.  She was truly gifted and anointed to care for children.  She could look at a child and know what was going on with that child.  Immediately, she would start working with that child or make sure someone was notified to get them where they needed to go.  Caring for people in general was her passion and she did it so well.

She was a woman of wisdom.  Often times you could see young women and men going to the Daycare for her advice because they knew she was going to give them the guidance they needed whether they liked it or not.  That’s just the way she was.  If you didn’t want the truth, don’t ask her.  She was a natural born leader and many would follow her directions which always lead to a great outcome.

Lottie’s Children and Grandchildren were her life.  She never allowed any of them to go lacking.  She made sure they were all right even if it meant walking into territory where she was not welcomed.  She was know as a warrior for her family.  She also loved her siblings and would drive for miles to get to them and see about them. She had such a caring nature and wanted to see people happy, whole and comfortable.  She spent her days making sure that everyone she came in contact with felt that.

Lottie leaves to cherish her many memories 6 sons: Pastor Eric (Kathy) Johnson, Gil (Carla) Johnson, Gary Johnson, Elder Jeff (Andrea) Johnson and Pastor Detrick (Angela) Johnson, all of Blue Mountain, MS, Alonzo (Mac)  (Janice) Washington of Lexington, MS; A Granddaughter that she raised as her own: Min. Bridget (Elder Willie) Hill of Blue Mountain, MS; 6 Sisters: Cornelia (Joe) Barnes of Dolton, IL, Mary (Crawford) Nesbit of New Albany, MS, Evangelist Mildred (Pastor Willie) Chills of Blue Mountain, MS, Clara Harris and Elaine (Charlie) Wherry, both of Memphis, TN; 2 brothers: Thermon (Annette) Coleman of New Albany, MS and Jerry (Andrea) Harris of Memphis, TN and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband: James F. Clarke, her parents: Bishop Hardy L. Coleman, Sr and Sister Ezera Starks Coleman, Siblings: Pastor Bobby Coleman and his wife Mary, Pastor Hardy L. Coleman, Jr. Dennis Harris and Annell Brown.

She is gone but will never be forgotten!!!

Visitation will be held Friday, March 6, 2020 from 12:00 noon- 8:00 pm at Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley, MS, with the family present from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. Service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 am at Flatwood Grove Church of the Living God in Blue Mountain, MS. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Flatwood Church Cemetery in Blue Mountain, MS. To view and sign the guest registry, please visit



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March 6, 2020

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Foster and Son Chapel
601 S. Line St
Ripley, MS 38663

Funeral Service
March 7, 2020

11:00 AM
Flatwood Grove Church
2171 CR 830 Palestine Rd
Blue Mountain, MS 38610

Interment following funeral service
March 7, 2020

Flatwood Church Cemetery, Blue Mountain

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