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Clarice Steele served church, families

Posted: October 25, 2011 4:06 p.m.
Updated: October 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

For those who knew her, our hearts are saddened at the loss of the one of God’s faithful servants. Clarice Steele came to Camden as a preacher’s wife back in the 1960s and 1970s when her husband was pastor at Hermitage Baptist Church. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1974 that left her a widow taking care of her family and she decided to make Camden her home.

She was not well known here, never recognized for any awards, no streets are named for her, and most of Camden didn’t even know her. For 90-plus years she was a quiet, humble servant who lovingly served her family and many families in our community and served her church to the glory of God. I’ve never heard her complain and I’ve never heard her say anything bad about anyone. She always served with a smile on her face.

She has a daughter, Nancy, who worked at the Tastee Freeze serving special ice cream treats for many years or baked wedding cakes and desserts to help them make ends meet.

Mrs. Steele was the perfect example of a Proverbs 31 woman. When her body started failing her and the osteoporosis would not allow her to stand tall, she still had a smile on her face and worked just as hard to serve her Lord with a walker. She was just this amazing person and I’m a better person today because of the lessons that Mrs. Steele taught me.

Her adopted daughter, Joy said she died peacefully as she hugged her good-bye. I know that God called her home and said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”


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