Legacy, Tradition and History
“The Clarke’s, good friends of mine, we’re looking for them to hold up the banner, and keep moving forward.” – Leon L. Williamson
The Legacy, Tradition and History of Leon L. Williamson Funeral Home came under the care and ownership of Dr. Camelia L. Clarke and Marcel Clarke, MBA of Paradise Memorial Funeral Home in late spring of 2022.
We invite our community members to view this short video and gain a sense of peace and comfort in knowing that the legacy and culture of our community will continue to be served with the upmost respect and dignity during some of life’s toughest moments.
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Paradise Memorial Funeral Home was established on May 12, 2001, under the leadership of our founders, Dr. Camelia L. Clarke, LFD, John O. Bell, LFD, William R. Stark, and Ava N. Carter. Our founders dedicated their lives and collectively brought over 50 years of experience to the Greater Milwaukee community. They provided service, dignity, respect, and compassion to hundreds of bereaved families over the last fifteen years.
Paradise Memorial Funeral Home has helped many individuals by supporting causes that align with our founding members. We’ve formed community partnerships with churches of all denominations and faiths, fraternities and sororities, Masonic Lodges and Eastern Star Chapters, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations. As historical pillars in the community, the founders wanted to lay the groundwork for Paradise Memorial Funeral Home to remain family owned and operated. So, in 2016 they sought out Marcel A. Clarke and Camelia L. Clarke to transition the business into the second generation of operations.
After the transition, Marcel and Camelia immediately expand services that aligned with their new legacy initiative of “How will you be remembered?” The new initiative was started to inspire families to think about their legacies and what matters in life—relationships, giving back and making a difference. These legacies form the essence of a life celebration experience. As a result of this new legacy initiative, we changed our name to Paradise Memorial Funeral and Cremation Services because we now offer personalized cremation services.