Annie Maude Starks-Clark (Ms. Annie)

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Annie Maude Starks-Clark (Ms. Annie), 79, of Columbus, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Zebulon, Georgia on December 31, 1941 and the daughter of John Alonzo and Mary Lee (Jones) Smith.

Ms. Annie graduated from Springfield South High School and retired from The Ohio State University Faculty Club.  Ms. Annie accepted Christ at an early age.  She was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member of the Deaconess Board.  She also attended New Birth Christian Ministries until she was unable to due to Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Ms. Annie is preceded in death by her loving husband of 16 years, James Albert Clark, her parents, and oldest brother John H. Smith.  Ms. Annie leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diane Smith (Steve), Joyce Warren (Calvin, Sr.), Barbara Smith-Allen (Eugene), Tony Smith (Tracie), Teresa Starks and Richard Starks (Helen), all of Columbus; seventeen grandchildren, Stephanie, Steven, Calvin, Jr., Brandon, Marqus, Ashlei, Takara, Nija, Daqueeshia, Mikeal, Terran, Jevon, Duane, D’Siyah, Duaneeshia, Terrika and Richard, Jr.; twenty-one great grandchildren, Spirit, Jaylen, Lazarus, Stormee, Terrell, Takhia, Takari, Takyra, Tyrell, Tamir, Padrieanna, Sh’kari, Aarrina, Mikeal, Jr., Sean’te, Savon, Za’Mir, MaKeena, Richard, III, Richaad, and Ra’Nye; four sisters, Ellen Smith and Annie Bea Holloway, both of Springfield, Ohio; Viola Smith and Mildred Mayo, both of Los Angeles, California; six brothers, Roland Smith, Robert Smith and Marshall Smith, of Springfield, Ohio; Marvin Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio; James Smith of San Diego, California and Albert Smith of Dayton, Ohio; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Ms. Annie was a loving and charitable person.  She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, feeding the homeless, and ensuring that all the neighborhood children were fed. Ms. Annie was known for and was often requested to make her infamous chicken salad.  She also loved to travel and shop.  If Ms. Annie were not doing the things noted, you could find her playing bingo. She lived, laughed, and loved.  Each one of her children thought they were her favorite, but her favorite was whomever, at the time, needed her most.  Ms. Annie’s memory of love and giving will live on in the lives of her six children, 17 grandchildren and 21 and counting great grandchildren.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday, May 27, 2021 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refugee Rd,. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Starks-Clark Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

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Condolence Messages

  1. Richard A Nelson (Biff)

    Ms Annie God bless you and thank you for the most wonderful interaction with your beautiful family and the Love shared, the Nelson Family is sending Love and Grace to you and yours Queen

  2. Annie is a distant relative of mine. I am from Springfield and we spent some time together because she married George Starks and George later married another relative but she always was pleasant and I remember sharing family gatherings together. Family first.

  3. RONALD WAYNE ELLISON

    TO MRS.ANNIE AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY!! I LOVED AND KNEW MRS.ANNIE SINCE 1990 WHEN I FIRST WORKED WITH HER AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY CLUB. SHE WAS MY SECOND MOM IN MY LIFE. TAUGHT ME ALOT ABOUT COOKING!! WORKED WITH HER SIDE BY SIDE A MANY BUSY DAYS. I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET HER!! WHEN I WENT TO PRISON SHE NEVER EVER TURNED HER BACK ON ME!! SHE SAID NEVER GO AGAIN RONNIE!! THAT’S BEEN OVER 25 YEAR’S AGO! LAST THING MRS.ANNIE TOLD ME IF YOU RESPECT AND HONNER ME STAY OUT OF TROUBLE AND BE A REAL MAN!! MRS ANNIE YOU’LL BE GRATELY MISSED!! YOU WERE A LIGHT IN MY LIFE.REST IN PEACE GOD GOT YOU KNOW!! LOVE AND RESPECT ALWAYS MR.RONALD WAYNE ELLISON.

  4. Barbara Jackson

    I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Barbara Smith-Allen and family in the loss of their loved one. May the grace and comfort of God surround you now and in the coming days.

  5. Much love goes out to the family……from Aaron Smith, Daphne Smith and Aaron Jr in Atlanta, Georgia. God is.

  6. Timothy D Smith

    We the family of Sidney Marvin Smith, Sr. the Uncle of Annie Maude and one of his favorite nieces send our most deepest condolences. We cherish her life and the way she led it and celebrate her as she has gained her wings. We pray grace upon the entire family and the strength of the Lord during this difficult time. We Love everyone of you !!!

    Sincerely,
    Timothy D. Smith on behalf of family !!!

  7. Denise Smith Stewart

    So sorry to hear about our cousin Annie Maude. The last time I spoke her was at our reunion in Atlanta. She was very loved by my parents Sidney and Lillian Smith. May she Rest In Peace. My prayers are with the family.

  8. My sweet sister Annie Maude, you taught me to READ. You were a true friend and sister. You kept my secrets, taught me to be brave, speak my mind, be strong and kick butts in school when others tried to hit me. Thanks. You encouraged me to be independent and believe in myself. You told me to always have my own money in my socks, get my own car and always have a light shade of red lip stick in my purse. You taught me to put vanilla extract behind my knees until I could afford the real perfume.
    You encouraged me to join the US NAVY, spread my wings, love life, be kind to others and laugh at myself: not other. Thank you for teaching me how to Feather Boa Dance for my husband Clyde. Thanks for loving him like a brother. You taught me how to cook and experiment with different seasonings. Our Father God knew you would be a wonderful, amazing sister and Mother.
    I miss you and will always love you. Thank you Annie Maude, for being my sister.
    A LADY ALWAYS KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE.
    Your baby sister,
    Mildred

  9. VIOLA L. SMITH

    Viola L. Smith
    I miss you my darling sister and partner exploring life growing up. I thank you for introducing me to Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls and sugar cane. I will always remember Mom catching us talking on the phone to two boys with our legs on the roll away beds. Enjoy dancing in Heaven in your white and black oxfords and rolled down white socks.
    Love you oldest sister
    Viola L. Smith

  10. Mildred and Clyde Mayo

    My sweet sister Annie Maude, you taught me to READ. You were a true friend and sister. You kept my secrets, taught me to be brave, speak my mind, be strong and kick butts in school when others tried to hit me. Thanks. You encouraged me to be independent and believe in myself. You told me to always have my own money in my socks, get my own car and always have a light shade of red lip stick in my purse. You taught me to put vanilla extract behind my knees until I could afford the real perfume.
    You encouraged me to join the US NAVY, spread my wings, love life, be kind to others and laugh at myself: not other. Thank you for teaching me how to Feather Boa Dance for my husband Clyde. Thanks for loving him like a brother. You taught me how to cook and experiment with different seasonings. Our Father God knew you would be a wonderful, amazing sister and Mother. You are now in His arms.
    I miss you and will always love you. Thank you Annie Maude, for being my sister.
    A LADY ALWAYS KNOW WHEN TO LEAVE.
    Your baby sister,
    Mildred

  11. We extend our Deepest Sympathy, Love and Prayers to Sister Annie Maude’s Family.
    We join you in your time of grief and May God in his all-wise providence give you comfort and peace. God Bless you and keep you in this your hour of sorrow.
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
    Lovingly submitted, The Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church Family

  12. Rita O Fletcher

    To The Annie Maude Starks-Clark Family I would like to send Heart felt Condolences. From the Williams, Fletcher,Napier Betton family. We send our love and prayers, stay encouraged.

  13. Rev. Clarressa Thompson

    May God grant peace and comfort during this most difficult time. We mourn with you and we are here for you.
    True Healing Fellowships
    Rev. Clarressa Beckhon Thompson, Overseer
    Min. Jeremy Beckhon, Associate Ministee

  14. Cathy Anthony-Gudel

    It is with heart felt sympathy that I wish Joyce and her entire family our deepest condolences at the passing of their mom. Miss Annie. May God grant you all peace and comfort during this most difficult time and the courage to go forward. We will be keeping you in our prayers and if you need ANYTHING, I am a phone call away. Love Cat, Kayla, & John Gudel

  15. This was my cousin on my fathers’ side of the family. We cherish the memories of our large family, there was 9 of us all I can is family we love you and always remember to keep that smile on your face, thats whats sets us apart from other families.

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