Gwendolyn Manlove Clarke was granted her angel wings on Saturday, December 25, 2021. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Born in Nashville, TN, on January 6, 1945, she was the fourth child of Charles Henry, Sr., and Estelle Johnson Manlove. Gwendolyn obtained her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, where she met her first husband, Ronald Greenfield Pillow, Sr. and they gave birth to a son, Ronald II. She also completed advanced education at Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. Gwendolyn later married Attorney Charles Clarke and gave birth to a daughter, Gwendolyn, II. She was a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for over 30 years and in 1995, the Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter a paid tribute to their soror, at the Cherished Honors Gala. After teaching college and public school for over three decades, Gwendolyn retired from Wharton Middle School in North Nashville in 2002.
Gwendolyn’s loving husband of 42 years, Charles, as well as her parents, and brother William C. (Lillie Mae) Manlove preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her loving memory her children, Ronald Greenfield Pillow II (Jaminthia) and Gwendolyn C. (Lynne) Clarke II; grandchildren: Joy Lyn James, Layla, Kristina, Jessalynn, and Jonathan Pillow; her sisters, Mary Bigham, Mabel Jones, and Carolyn Ford, along with a host of beloved nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Memorial Service Sunday February 20, 2022 at Riverside SDA Church Nashville, Tn. Inurnment Tuesday Feb. 22, 2022, 10:00am at Middle Tn. State Veterans Cemetery