From the Post-Trib.com:
GARY, INDIANA – Reverend Clarence E. Baity was born on May 10th 1934 to William Everett Baity and Roberta Munn Baity, in Poinsett, Arkansas. Pastor Baity traded his earthly clothes for his Heavenly robe on August 6th, 2013.
After High School graduation in Arkansas, Reverend Baity came to Gary, Indiana where he worked at Dumaska Poultry Factory, after which he was employed and retired from U.S. Steel Corp with over 30 years of service. Reverend Clarence Baity and Edna Evans were wed in holy matrimony on October 13, 1957 and were lovingly dedicated to each other for over 50 years.
Unto the union six children were born. Reverend Baity accepted Christ at an early age and joined Christian Valley Baptist Church (Rev. C.H. Taylor Pastor), where he sang in the choir and preached his first sermon. He was called to ministry in 1957, licensed in June 1962 and ordained at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on November 30, 1965. In 1963 Reverend Baity joined Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church. In 1967 he became and served faithfully as Pastor until his transition on August 6th.
His open pulpit philosophy gave a platform to young and upcoming ministers throughout the United States. Pastor Baity had a multitude of accomplishments and achievements including but not limited to: A Bachelor of Theology Degree from the Indiana Christian Bible College and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree; Treasurer of the Indiana Northern Missionary Christian Educational District Association; Member of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Gary and Vicinity and of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; Treasurer of The Original General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Indiana, Inc.; Award of Distinction from The Gary Common Council, Official Citation from Calumet Township Trustee; Exemplary Service and Outstanding Dedication 2006 Award; Proclamation that November 11th be named Pastor Clarence Baity Day by the Mayor of Gary, Indiana, The Honorable Karen Freeman Wilson.
One of Pastor Baity’s favorite biblical scriptures was “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me”, Philippians 4:13. His dedication to Peter’s Rock MB Church where he was pastor for over 46 years, was impeccable. Pastor Baity led by example with humility, integrity and the word of God.
Pastor Baity was preceded in death by both parents, William E. and Roberta Baity, and his loving wife, Edna M. Baity. Pastor Baity leaves to cherish his memory, his stepmother Equilla Baity; daughters Sharmaine (Michael) Cody, Patricia Baity, and Linda Baity; sons Clarence Baity, Jr., William Baity and Shawn (Darlene) Baity; grandchildren Tachea Corbett, Starkest Baity, Kortnee Baity, Joseph Taylor, Jr., LoKey Taylor, and Iadore Taylor; sister Wendy Baity; brothers William Everett Baity, Jr., Vernon (Shirley) Baity and Mark Baity; special cousin Elnora Hawkins, the entire Peter’s Rock MB Church Family and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Monday, August 12th 2013 from 12pm 8pm, with family hour 7pm 8pm at Peter’s Rock MB Church 1725 East 21st Avenue Gary, IN. Homegoing services will be held on Tuesday August 13th 2013 at 11am at Peter’s Rock MB Church 1725 East 21st Avenue Gary, IN. Pastor Isaiah Murry, Jr. officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Hobart, IN. -