The Obit For Clarence Coward

Clarence Wesley "Dink" Coward

The Wilmington Star-News, 9/1/2008

Clarence Wesley "Dink" Coward, 91, of Wilmington, NC, died Saturday, August 30, 2008 at his residence.

He was born on December 23, 1916, in Greensboro, NC, the son of the late Walter and Vella York Coward. He was preceded in death by his wife of seventy-two years, Delphine Hennis Coward, in December of 2007, a son, Stirling Hennis Coward, and a sister, Lois.

Mr. Coward was a Deacon Emeritus at First Christian Church. He served in the N.C. State Guard during WWII. An accomplished athlete, Dink played professional baseball with the Boston Red Sox organization and in the Tobacco State Baseball League. He also was devoted to the local Wilmington Little League program. After baseball, his career as a steel worker included time as a ship fitter and bridge builder and involved working on the Kennedy Space Center.

Surviving are his grandsons, Jeffrey Thomas Coward and Stirling Wesley Coward; their mother, Susan Vassey Coward; a great granddaughter, Emma Coward; three brothers, Allen, Lloyd and Worth; and two sisters, Myrtle Bell and Ruth.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel by Dr. Lance Perry. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the residence of Susan Coward, 820 Ruffin St., Wilmington.

Mr. Coward will lie in state at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel on Tuesday for anyone wishing to pay his or her respects.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28403.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

A Valley Chapel Service.