Funeral services for Sarah Katherine Burks Clem, 82, of Leland, Mississippi were held Sunday, April 24 at First Baptist Church at Leland. She died April 20, 2016 at her home near Stoneville, Mississippi.
Funeral services for Sarah Katherine Burks Clem, 82, of Leland, Mississippi were held Sunday, April 24 at First Baptist Church at Leland. She died April 20, 2016 at her home near Stoneville, Mississippi. Arrangements were under the direction of Boone Funeral Home in Leland.
Sarah was born May 30, 1933, to Edwin Leo Burks and Mary Katherine Clark Burks of Helena-West Helena. She was known as “Miffie” to her family and close friends.
In 1959 she married Clinton H. Clem, a U. S. Naval officer from Virginia.
She leaves her brother, Edwin Leo Burks Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri; a sister, Martha Burks Paynter and her husband, Jim, of Roanoke, Virginia; and a nephew, Daron Burks of St. Louis; cousins, William W. Clark Jr. of Jackson, Mississippi, Davis R. Clark of Leland, Allen W. Clark of Stoneville, Glen H. Merrill of Mobile, Alabama, and Margaret G. Watson of Columbus, Georgia; sister-in-law Lois Polk of Edinburg, Virginia, and brother-in-law, Kenneth Clem of Woodbridge, Virginia.
Also, she leaves her loving caregivers Dorothy Watkins Smith, Delois Winfrey, and Geraldine Watkins all of Greenville, Mississippi.
Miffie was a retired schoolteacher of 26 years. She taught elementary school in Maryland, Arkansas and Virginia. While living in Springfield, Virginia, Miffie and Clinton were active in volunteer work. They served as American Red Cross volunteers at Fort Belvoir, Walter Reed Army Hospital, and the Navy Yard from Clinton’s retirement until his death in 1992.
After his death, she continued the Red Cross volunteer work and also became an Arlington Lady for the U.S. Navy at Arlington National Cemetery where Clinton was buried. For 17 years, she was a gracious hostess at the Cemetery Headquarters to many of the Military Honor Guard who served at Arlington.
As an official U.S. Navy representative, she attended many funerals of U. S. Military veterans as well as active military personnel who died in the line of duty.
Miffie and her husband were charter members of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, in Burke, Virginia, where she served in numerous capacities. In 2009, Miffie moved to Mississippi to live near Allen and Laura Clark.
Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC at a later date.