Mt. Gilead High School honors fallen student with community memorial service
By Donna Carver
There has been an outpouring of support for the family of Trevor Clark, the Mt. Gilead teen who died as a result of a tragic hunting accident in the late morning hours of Sunday, November 17, 2013.
By evening, using the power of social media, students and classmates spread the word to wear blue, Trevor’s favorite color, to school the next day. When they saw how many had received the message they decided to assemble in front of the school to take a picture.
More than one thousand people packed the gymnasium at Mount Gilead High School for his memorial service November 23, with a steady line of people attending the calling hours prior to the service.
Pastor Ed Colegrove led the memorial service. He reflected on the kind of young man that Trevor was. He relayed a story of a youth group fishing tournament at the Mt. Gilead State Lakes. Trevor had “his own secret fishing spot.” While others were catching small blue gill Trevor was catching some rather large bass. Trevor won a fishing pole as a result but instead of keeping it for himself he gave it away to a young man that did not have a pole of his own.
“That was the kind of young man he was,” said Pastor Colegrove. A wreath was placed on the State Lake in memory of Trevor.
Trevor’s math teacher and football coach Mark Kennon choked back tears as he described him as, “One of the most honorable members of the team.”
Wrestling Coach Williamson gave Trevor’s mother the singlet that he would have worn in wrestling this year signed by the whole team.
The service at the school concluded with a few words from Trevor’s mother Stephanie Clark and a salute from State Highway Patrol Trooper DJ Cummins who Clark described as a role model for Trevor.
She asked the kids there to hug each other and be there for each other. She cautioned them to think twice before doing something that sounds fun and to make sure that their parents think that it is something safe for them to do.
She described the boys who tried to help Trevor that day as heroes and Trevor’s “best buddies.”
“I may have lost my son but I gained 300 kids.” she said.
The Clark family had recently moved back to Morrow County from Florida after living there for a short time. They had only been back for a few weeks when the accident happened. They returned here with very little. There was no life insurance. The family is in need of donations, financial and other items.
Mount Gilead Superintendent Jeff Thompson stated that the school will be selling wrist bands to help raise funds for the Clark family.
A list of needed items includes dressers for his two brothers and mother, a coffee maker and clothing for the boys. Boys pants sizes 16 & 12, Shirts sizes 10/12 and 14/16, men’s shoe size 9 and boy’s size 6. Donations of clothing or household items are being collected at the bus garage of Mount Gilead High School. Clark’s mother is employed as a bus driver for the district.
“She has always given to people in our community in need, never putting her needs first. They walked away from everything to come back here.” shared friend Nikki Snyder.
A fund has been created to assist the family
Financial donations can be made out to the Trevor Clark Memorial Fund and dropped off at First Knox National Bank 17 West High Street, Mount Gilead or mailed to PO Box 70, Mount Gilead.
Reach at or 419-946-3010.
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