Charlotte, born to parents Joseph Regnald and Clara (Lyons) Clarke took her first breath October 17, 1935 in DeQuincy, Louisiana. She was grateful for being shaped as a child and young person by the First Baptist Church Of DeQuincy and she had lifelong comfort through her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After graduating from McNeese University, Charlotte taught elementary school in Louisiana and Dickinson, Texas briefly before enrolling in the Louisiana State University Master of Social Work program. Early in her distinguished social work career she worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch Child Development Program in Galveston and the Cerebral Palsy Center in Houston. She was the first coordinator of the University of Texas-Austin School of Social Work field practice program. She was recruited by the University of Kentucky and lived in Hazard while she started a field practice program in Appalachia. Her efforts were acknowledged by the governor of Kentucky with a commission as a Kentucky Colonel. In 1978 she joined the Texas Department of Health to lead the Social Work and Children with Special Health Care Needs program in a 35 county area of East Texas, headquartered in Tyler. She developed and led a comprehensive system of services that became a model for the state. In the 1970s there were no pediatric subspecialists in the region, so she recruited physicians from UT Southwest, UTMB, Children’s Hospital in Little Rock to travel to East Texas to offer access to multidisciplinary clinics. In her spare time, she […]