Alvin James Clark, Jr., was born July 7, 1948 and departed this life from a brief illness to begin his journey to his eternal home on March 11, 2019 while at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, New Jersey
Alvin was born to the late Alvin J. Clark, Sr., and Helen U. Plummer-Clark.
He attended Camden City Public Schools and graduated through a Certification Program at Job Corp where he received his diploma along with job training. He was then enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. He served a 3 year term and was Honorably Discharged as a Vietnam Veteran. While serving his tour of duty Alvin was awarded several medals of honor: National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Army Commedation and Air Defense Radar Repair Service.
It was in the late 1980’s that Alvin felt God's spirit moving on his life and he decided to return to the church of his childhood, the Mount Olivet Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Camden, New Jersey, much to the delight of many of his relatives and childhood friends especially his aunt Verna Clark Johnson who helped to raise him and his brother Anthony. He immediately began to use the strong and unique voice that God had given him. Alvin became a member of the senior choir where he also served a 2 year term as assistant director, he was a member of the male chorus and served as its director for several years.
In 1993, a group that he co-founded named Special Music made its debut during the 1st anniversary of the youth and young adult choir, of which his cousin Darryl Johnson was the director, called Jedaiah and the rest is history. Alvin and Special Music sung at many ministries from Connecticut to DC from 1993 in to the mid 2000’s. Their special acapella was loved by all who heard them. He gave his strong tenor voice to the choir Immanu El, where he sung many leads leading including the lead to Kirk Franklin's “Something About The Name Jesus” it was one of the choir's favorite songs to sing and Alvin's to sing lead all on.
Alvin was a faithful member of Mount Olivet for over 30 years. He served as a Deacon for 20 plus years tending to the needs of the church inside and outside. He also helped with the Community Service Ministry. After he stopped working full time, he would often be at the church doing things so much so, that the former Administrative Assistant Christina Gabriel and he called each other co-workers. He gained many friends from all the capacities in which he served. His humble and loving spirit was appreciate by all who knew Alvin and those who served with him. He will be sorely missed by all from the pulpit to the pew.
Alvin leaves to cherish his loving memories to all his daughters Jenean Clark, Erica Clark, Yvonne Marion, Maddie Clark, and Tiffany Marion. He also leaves a host of 29 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren with another bundle of joy on the way. The love and history of four sisters, the late Marsha Bumbrey, Diane Phillips, Mary Hairston and his bonus sisters Cynthia Clark. Four brothers the late Paul Hairston, Anthony Clark, Glenn Hairston, and his bonus brother Alyn Clark. He also leaves an abundance of Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.
A Special Thank You, to his daughter Erica Clark and his cousins Irving Clark and Frank Bundy for for their dedication and caring for Alvin during his illness and also a Special Thank You to the staff at the Kresson View Center for their services.