Virginia Clark Ismay
ISMAY, Virginia "Ginny" Clark, 95, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Orchard in
Mrs. Ismay was born July 15, 1922 in Philadelphia to the late Rev. Dr. Edward O. Clark, first
pastor of Chevy Chase Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and the late Eva Thayer Clark.
She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. and held a graduate
degree from the University of Virginia.
She served many years as Minister of Music in a number of churches and also worked as a
Mrs. Ismay was the devoted wife for 54 years of Rev. R. Robert Ismay of Tappahannock, Va.,
who preceded her in death in 2002. Also preceding her in death was her son, Edward T.
Ismay in 1987; and brother, John B. Clark in 2005 and his wife, Jerine W. Clark in 2014.
Mrs. Ismay is survived by her sons, Roderick R. Ismay of Washington, D.C. and John A. Ismay
of Richmond, Va.; sisters, Dorothy C. Parish and her husband, Marion Parish of Loveland,
Ohio and Betty C. Haynie of Vineland, N.J.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rev. Jonathan Davis and Rev. Dr. Robert McKinley will officiate at the memorial service to be
held at Beale Memorial Baptist Church in Tappahannock, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12.
Interment will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Beale Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 816,
Tappahannock, Va. 22560. Marks-Bristow Funeral Home assisted the family with