Arnold Clampet (1915-2006)

The life of Arnold Clampet was one of great blessing to the Lord�s Kingdom. Just as the great apostle Paul explained that his desire in life was continue to make a difference for the Lord by serving and teaching others, the same could be said of Arnold Clampet.

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.

Philippians 1:21-24

Arnold Clampet was converted to Christ at the age of 37, but he wasted no time in sharing the great Savior he had found with others. He immediately began to study the Bible diligently; sometimes awaking at night to go to the table to scribe thoughts and to look back over scripture. He began teaching and preaching soon after his conversion. During his 25 years of preaching in the little town of Haworth, Oklahoma he helped convert 95 people to Christ. His knowledge of the scriptures became extensive. His humility was attractive. His success was tremendous for the cause of Christ.

As a young man, Arnold Clampet noticed a young woman named Paralea. As she was walking home from a community singing at a country school house he told his friend, �She is mine�I�m going to go get her.� He offered her a ride home. This dignified young lady declined to ride on the horse with him, but if he would be of the mind, he could lead the horse while she rode. He accepted the offer. Things seemed well until the saddle girth broke! But this mishap didn�t stop their relationship. Arnold and Paralea married and had three lovely daughters. One of them is our sister May Ola England. Seeing this sweet, devout Christian lady gives us insight into the kind of father Arnold must have been. During their marriage Arnold was greatly encouraged by Paralea�s mother to learn more of God. He later described his life changing while sitting in front of her fireplace. After their conversions, they began to sacrifice immensely to help build a building and congregation of the Lord�s church in Haworth. Though having a modest income their financial gifts were generous and their love for souls was too! They would go out in the evenings and study the Bible in the homes of neighbors converting them to Christ. The Clampets were a modern day Aquila and Priscilla helping build a congregation which is still today more than 150 in size. This couple enjoyed 67 years of marriage. During his life he also worked on a large Oklahoma ranch and with Gulf Oil Company. About two years ago the Clampets left their home in Oklahoma to live with the Englands. Their health has not allowed them to be involved as they normally would, but it didn�t quench the zeal they have for Christ and His church. Our brother Arnold Clampet will be greatly missed. Let�s all continue to pray and comfort this good family.