Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Joys and Concerns – July 5

Posted on: July 5th, 2017

For confidentiality, some names may not be listed here. Please keep the following individuals and their families in your thoughts and prayers.



Hazel Grace Ambers-Lewis was born on May 31, 2017 to Holly Ambers and Grady Lewis.  Proud grandmother is Carol Dobbins.



Ted Spurlock



Church member Mike Clark, husband of Fran Clark



Memorial service for Robert Michael (Mike) Clark will be held Thursday July 13 at 2pm in our Sanctuary.  A reception will follow in Trinity Hall.



OBITUARIES (With permission of families)



Robert Michael (Mike) Clark, age 72, of Fairview, TX, passed away July 4, 2017, at his home, from a short battle with cancer. He was born November 2, 1944, in Ft. Worth, TX to parents G.C. (Mose) and Mary Frances Clark. He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High in Tyler, TX and St. Mary’s Law School, class of 1970, where he was Editor of the Law Review. Mike was a proud member of Phi Delta Theta and Texas State Bar. After retiring from a long career practicing law, he enjoyed family, hunting, fishing, and boating. He loved life. He loved you if he knew you. He was a man with integrity and held a respect for others that was paramount in his approach to his fellow men and women. He is survived by his wife, Frances M. Clark of Fairvew, TX; Cheri Clark, mother of daughters Christin Clark DeWitt, grandchildren Remy and Cooper DeWitt; Carrie Clark Gillen and husband Ed Gillen, grandchildren Parker, Taylor and Cameron Gillen; son Robert Michael Clark, Jr. and wife Ramsey Clark, and grandson Robert Michael Clark III; sister Cathy Hardy and husband William Hardy; sisters and brothers-in-law James A. Martin, Steve and Carolyn Batchelor, William and Dianne Martin, Jeanne Blasciuc and several nieces and nephews; mother in-law and father in-law Frances and Peter Knickerbocker and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, “Mose” Clark, mother Mary Frances Clark; and brother-in-law Thomas Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, TX. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.




James (Jim) David Demarest of Plano passed away on June 22, 2017. Jim was born in Mineola, Long Island, NY on February 17, 1956, raised in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and graduated from UCLA as a math major in 1979. He received his MBA from Cornell University in 1982. Jim met his dear wife and true love of his life, Sharon, in San Francisco, CA, where they started their beautiful family. Their later years brought them to Texas, where they established their home and raised their two daughters, Kendall and Natalie. Jim was an exceptional man who loved his family more than anything in the world.

Jim’s professional career spanned all facets of marketing management in the telecommunications industry, initially with the Harris Corporation then moving onward and upward with Nortel Networks and its successor, Avaya. Despite the growth and success in his chosen field, Jim was even better known for the quality of his personage. He was known and loved by his co-workers and especially by his many local community friends. Jim was active in his homeowners’ association, a marathon runner and athlete to his core, a math tutor for the local school district, a cherished leader of his daughters’ many sports teams and community organizations, and an inspiration to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His unwavering kindness, humility, and compassion for others was apparent to all those whose lives he touched. We are all better people to have had Jim in our lives.

When Jim was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006, he proved that even the most tragic of illnesses can be overcome with grace and resilience. Following his stem cell transplant, Jim fought an ongoing battle with Graft vs Host Disease – a chronic condition that strips the body of vital nutrients and immunity. While this disease would be too much for most individuals to conquer, Jim was a warrior. He channeled his strength into love and the pursuit of health, so that he was able to watch his girls grow up and to celebrate the life he was given with friends he held dear. Going above and beyond survival, Jim volunteered in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center of Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, assisting others in the process of overcoming their own battles with cancer. His unparalleled philanthropy shone through even further, as Jim raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. We know that Jim is with his Lord now, being wholeheartedly embraced by His healing and loving arms.

Jim is survived by his wife Sharon, daughters Kendall and Natalie, parents David and Barbara Demarest of Oceanside, CA, sister Cindy Pederson of Novato, CA, and brother Alan of Livermore, CA.

As a loyal and passionate supporter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Jim was dedicated to finding a cure that would not only impact his own life but the lives of countless others. In lieu of flowers, we would like you to join us in continuing the legacy of Jim’s support of the North Texas Chapter of LLS. Please consider sending a donation in memory of Jim Demarest for this year’s Light The Night Walk, or register to join the walk in his honor by visiting his team link:

Donations may also be mailed to the following:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – North Texas Chapter
8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite #425
Dallas, TX 75251

Check Memo: Light The Night – Celebrate Life