Prof. Clarence Epps
Professor Clarence O. Epps, 86, passed away Friday, March 6th, in Memphis, TN following a lengthy illness. His wife and two daughters were at his side.
Epps served as a chemistry professor at Jackson Tennessee’s Lane College from 1959-2005. He taught all levels of chemistry, as well as physics and physical science. From 1972-78, he served as the college’s academic dean, and briefly as interim in the science department chair under President Wesley McClure, Epps held academic degrees from Morehouse College (B.A Organic Chemistry), the University of Arkansas (Master’s in Education) and the University of Memphis (Master’s in Chemistry).
He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and a Korean War Veteran.
He and his wife, Janet, joined Wesley Chapel united Methodist Church in the early 1960’s Professor Epps served as Wesley’s adult Sunday school teacher for approximately 40 years. He, also, served as am administrative board member and chair, as well as, a financial committee member and chair.
Epps is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janet Smith Epps and daughters, Sharon A. Epps and Stephani R. Brown; son-in-law, Wiley L. Brown, Jr., and grandsons Wiley L. Brown, III and Clarence Jackson Brown (Memphis, TN); siblings Dr. Edgar G. Epps (Chicago, IL), Rep. Wilhelmina Epps Lewellen (Little Rock, AR); Alonzo B. Epps (Ft. Wayne, IN) and Lorenzo B. Epps (Little Rock, AR).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Epps, Sr. and Odelle Hill Epps (Woodson, AR), and brothers Col. Clifford Epps, Jr. (Denver, CO) and Dr. James H. Epps (Ft. Wayne, IN).