The Late Pastor Henry Clinkscale, Jr., Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Henry Clinkscale Jr., 84, who entered Heaven’s eternal gates Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Rev. Clinkscale was born March 14, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Henry Sr. and Mattie Anderson Clinkscale.
He attended Youngstown City Schools and continued education classes at Youngstown State University, attended Malone College in Canton, the Moody Bible College and graduated after four years at the Central Bible College in Cleveland.
He was a member and served as an ordained deacon at the New Bethel Baptist Church and was called into the ministry in 1965. He was licensed to preach by the New Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Rev. Lonnie A. Simon. He also served as assistant pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Alfred Ward.
In 1967, Pastor Clinkscale was called to pastor the Beulah Baptist Church, and in September of 1969, was called to pastor the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully for 37 years, retiring March 14, 2008.
Pastor Clinkscale was a member of the Harvest Lodge No. 26, the N.A.A.C.P., past president of the Baptist Pastor’s Council, past treasurer of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and served as a trustee of District 27, S.O.A.R., and the Youngstown District Investment Club.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife of 65 years, the former Odessa Harris, whom he married Sept. 10, 1944; four daughters, Darnell Louise (James) Williams of Cleveland, Miss., and Rose Ann Clinkscale, Sandra Jean Harden and Judith Elaine Paul, all of Youngstown; eight grandchildren, Dwayne Antoine Henry Williams of Cleveland, Miss., Earnest Deright Paul Jr. of San Bernardino, Calif., Rodney Lamar (Delova) Williams of Ellenwood, Ga. and Edward Robert Harden Jr. and Clinton Sterling Harden, both of Youngstown, Staacie Michelle Harden of Cleveland, Michael James Harden of Glenville, W.Va. and Chomney Lynette Williams of Jackson, Miss.; 11 great-grandchildren , Vitina Curb, Dwayne McKnight, Duval Davis, Deon Harrington, Rodney Lamar Williams Jr., Destiny Williams, Janyla Scott, Elijah Harden, Ethan Harden, Michael Harden II and Kaydence Elaine Paul; two brothers, Albert and Jeff Clinkscale, both of Youngstown; three sisters, Alberta Toney, Hattie Woods and Mattie Tate, all of Youngstown; and a host of relatives, church family and friends.
Besides his parents