He was a member of Speedwell Academy Baptist Church and a 50-year member of Valley Star Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents: Alvin and Maude Harris Claiborne; brothers: J.F. and Verlin Claiborne; one infant brother and 1 infant sister.
Survivors include his wife: Ruth Bean Claiborne; daughters: Pat and David Ray of Speedwell, Susie and Steve Bailey of Piedmont, Sc, Tammy and Eddie Hoskins of Speedwell; granddaughters: Starla Ray of Harrogate, Stacey Hoskins of Speedwell; great-grandson: David Gibbs of Harrogate; brother: David H. Claiborne of Harrogate; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were Monday, January 29 at 8 p.m. at Cross Chapel with Rev. Eddie Hoskins officiating. Interment in the Beeler Cemetery in Speedwell
Pallbearers: Greg Bean, Roger and Ronnie Claiborne, Billy Ralph and Ernie Clawson and David Gibbs. Honorary Pallbearers: Merrill Boatman, Joel Hodges and Jason Seiber
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Community Baptist Church in Speedwell.
Cross Funeral Home in charge.