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Dr. Edwin CLIBURN

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CLIBURN, Dr. Edwin Dr. Edwin L. Cliburn, a former resident of Tucker, died after a brief illness at his home in Thomaston on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Funeral services for Dr. Cliburn will be held Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Thomaston. Rev. Bill Barber, Rev. Ted Kandler and Rev. Jack Maguire will officiate and burial will follow in South View Cemetery. Dr. Cliburn was born in Newnan, GA, on April 2, 1927, but grew up in Columbus, GA. During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a graduate of Mercer University, New Orleans Baptist and Southern Baptist seminaries. His ministry was spent primarily in Georgia where he served as a staff member with the Tattnall Square Baptist Church in and the First Baptist Church of Macon. For twenty-four years he was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Thomaston. He retired in 1993 after 13 years as the Assistant Executive Director-Treasurer of the Georgia Baptist Convention. During his 13 years with the Convention and in retirement, he served as interim pastor of 26 different congregations in Atlanta, Gainesville and Thomaston areas. He preached regularly until his 84th birthday. He also served as a trustee of Tift College in Forsyth, the Baptist Village in Waycross and Mercer University in Macon. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Lundy Cliburn of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Wilson Cliburn of Barnesville; his sister, Helen Cliburn Blumhagen of Columbus; three children, Wayne E. (Lucy) Cliburn of Vienna, VA; Ellen C. (Henry) Slack of Decatur, and Susan C. Murray (Don) of Mooresville, NC. Also surviving him are four step-children, Kerry G. (Louise) Wilson of Milner, Jackie W. (Tony) Laney of Griffin, Danny S. Wilson of Griffin, and Eddie N. (Julie) Wilson of Barnesville. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great grandchild, fifteen step-great grandchildren, and four nieces and nephews. The family of Dr. Cliburn will receive friends at Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 until 8 pm and then again on Friday in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church from 12:30 until 2 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Foundation, 208 South Church St., Thomaston, GA 30286. Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.pasleyfletcher.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 5, 2014
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