Catherine was born, one of six children, on August 5, 1923 to the Late Rev. Charles Caesar, Sr. & Mariah (nee Alexander) Clark in Raleigh, North Carolina. Catherine transitioned on Sunday, February 7, 2016 to be with her Lord.
Catherine (nicknamed “CAT”) received her education in the Raleigh, N.C. School System. She accepted Christ at a young age in Raleigh and that was the “Call” that started her on a life of dedicated service to God, her family, her Church and to others.
After moving to Jersey City, NJ, Catherine later met and married the late Fletcher Bingham and this union was blessed with one (1) daughter, Joyce Mayo. Catherine became a faithful member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Bayonne, NJ, in 1954, the same year that the late Rev. Lenroy R. Gibson became the Sixth Pastor of Friendship. She served under Rev. Gibson until his retirement in 1993, and remained as a faithful servant under the Pastorate of Rev. Henry Gene Sykes, until she was called home by the Lord.
Catherine was a Pillar of the Church and regarded as a Trailblazer for over 60+ years, functioning in various capacities of Church Ministry, such as: President of Senior Missionaries; Pres. of the Church’s Aide Society; Pres. of the Prayer Band; Member of the Nurses’ Unit; Usher Board; and Educational Dept. Her Favorite Scripture was Psalm 118:1 and her Favorite Song was “His Is On the Sparrow.”
Catherine worked at the Emerson Radio & TV Company; and for the Jersey City Medical Center for 30+ years as an In-Take Administrator. She also served as Ward Clerk for the AFSCME Union (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) for many years.
Her service to the Community and in the Political Arena was extensive, loyal and committed. She truly possessed the “Gift of Helps,” serving as a Community Volunteer, shopping for Seniors and Disabled Persons at the Pharmacies and Grocery Stores well into her 80’s; and enjoyed driving her old, reliable, well-maintained and garage-kept 1970’s Toyota Corona (with the shiny wooden steering wheel) - the last gift given to her by her husband (whom she lovingly called “Fletch”) just prior to his death.
Catherine was also President of the Arlington Avenue Block Assn. (bet. Union & Carteret Avenues); and was instrumental in the opening of the Bridge after its closure for many years. She was also an active member of the “Seniors on the Move” Club, which held annual Senior Picnics and School Supply Giveaways to Young People.
Catherine was an active Participant for the St. John Baptist Church’s Prayer Band and the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church Bible Study under the Leadership of Pastor Nolan Doby.
Catherine adored and loved the late Mayor Glen D. Cunningham and was an avid Supporter of him and also the Former “First Female” Councilwoman, Dr. Frances O. Thompson. During their Campaigns, she would telephone numerous local citizens; went door-to-door and walked with the Candidates handing out literature. She often mentioned that Mayor Cunningham was the “first person” who came to her home after the death of her husband.
She also had the fondest and highest regard for Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham and would often go to her office to talk with the Staff. Catherine was very active as a Committee Person and a Poll Worker at the Orient Ave. Firehouse for well over thirty (30) years.
Catherine leaves to remember & cherish her life & legacy: One Daughter, Joyce Mayo (Melvin, Sr.); Two Grandsons, Melvin Mayo, Jr. & Christopher Mayo (Caren); Six Nieces & Nephews: Thelma Hardy, Robert Harlee, Richard White, Ida Hawkins Perry, Marietha Wilson, Doris Clark (all of North Carolina); and a Special Niece/Goddaughters, Dr. Flora Cordett (California) and Imani Jones; Godson Sidney Hagans; Brother-in-law James William Hawkins; Dear Friends: Frances O. Thompson; Susie Gibson, Alan & Cynthia Delbridge; and Linda McMichaels, Nancy Barnes, Carolina Jones and Theresa Cannon; as well as a host of other Relatives, Friends and Church Family.
CATHERINE on Earth you worked . . . in Heaven you rest. We thank God for the life you have lived, the integrity and consistency you have shown. Thank you for being an example of what a Woman of God should be . . . We will always remember you and cherish you. We pray our Love of you will be reflected in our Love for each other! Until we meet again.