Rev. Frank Claybourne

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Rev. Frank Claybourne, 93, of Pittsfield, died Friday (Aug. 8, 2014) at his residence in Pittsfield.

Frank was born April 28, 1921, in Texaco, to Frank W. Claybourne, Sr. and Maude Jane Beale Claybourne. He married Ruth Kell on Dec. 12, 1942, in Clayton, Mo. Ruth died March 26, 2012. They were married five days when Frank went into the Marine Corps during World War II where he served with the Third Division in the Pacific Theatre, Iwo Jima, Guam and Guadalcanal. He also served in the Army National Guard from 1945 to 1952.

Rev. Claybourne's first pastorate was the Sandoval Baptist Church in Sandoval. From 1958 to 1964, Rev. Claybourne was the pastor of First Baptist Church in St. Elmo; from 1964-1966 he served as pastor of Allen Park Baptist Church in Galesburg and from 1966 until his retirement in 1981, he was a member and the pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield. After his retirement, Rev. Claybourne served as pastor for the Independence Christian Church for 11 years. He served on the board of directors for the Illinois Baptist State Association and was the president of local ministerial associations in St. Elmo and Pittsfield.

In addition to Rev. Claybourne's pastoral duties, he was a bus driver for Pikeland Community School District for 34 years, served on the Illini Hospital board of directors, served as a hospice minister, led Bible studies at local nursing homes and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the R.F. Casey Masonic Lodge 948 in Kell. Rev. Claybourne was devoted to his church and family.

He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Ann (Bill) Spitler of Varna and Mrs. Lynn (Ken) Gilmore of Springfield; four grandchildren, William Spitler of Tulsa, Okla., Amy Levine of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Catherine Gilmore and Elizabeth Gilmore, both of Springfield. Five great grandchildren survive, Hayden, Teddy and Ryan Spitler of Tulsa and Alice and Ellie Levine of Chapel Hill, in addition to a brother, Bob Claybourne, of Mt. Vernon, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Claybourne was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; two sisters, Lavada Eckheardt and Lorena Lane; four brothers, Clinton, Charles, Joe and Bill; one grandson, Daniel Gilmore; and a great grandchild in infancy.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Calvary Baptist Church, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Bill Smith and David Hamilton conducting. Interment with military honors being accorded by Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and military funeral honor guard will be in West Cemetery, Pittsfield.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

MEMORIALS: Calvary Baptist Church, Pittsfield, to be designated for the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board offerings or Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care.

ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

WEBSITE: www.nieburfh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2014
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