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Winford Claiborne


The Obituary Of Winford Claiborne

Funeral services for Winford Claiborne, age 88 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ with Bro. Tom Holland officiating. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, 5-8 p.m. at the church building. Bro Claiborne passed away Tuesday morning at his residence.

He was a native of Portland TN and the son of the late Marvin and Susie Dillahay Claiborne. In October 2002, brother Claiborne and his family suffered the loss of Molly, his wife of 53+ years.

As of February 2014, Brother Claiborne had been preaching the gospel for 71 years. He was a graduate of both Freed-Hardeman College and Murray State University. His academic work also included graduate studies at Harding Graduate and University of Georgia.

While serving as a gospel preacher for numerous congregations, he's had other experiences as well, including high school teacher, business owner and college professor. In the last 71 years, he's been the pulpit minister for congregations in Kentucky, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

After teaching at Freed-Hardeman for 14 years, he retired in 1993 and moved to Fayetteville where he began preaching full-time for the West Fayetteville congregation.

In August 1995, Brother Claiborne took over the International Gospel Hour radio program. The operation of the International Gospel is under the direction of the Elders at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Daron (Kathee) Claiborne of Murfreesboro, TN and Danny (Gina) Claiborne of Murray, KY; grandchildren, Hannah and Mark Claiborne, Wesley (Heather) Claiborne; brothers and sisters Edger Claiborne, Lucien (Ellen) Claiborne, Charlie (Paulette) Claiborne, Wilma (Irvin) Hill, Garvin (Beverly) Claiborne; brother-in-law, Chester Hill.

He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, William, Eathel, Nadine, Raymond, Douglas and Laura.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m., Friday at the West Fayetteville Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the International Gospel Hour, P.O. Box 118, Fayetteville, TN 37334 or the Freed-Hardeman University Scholarship Fund, Henderson, TN 38340.

There will also be a memorial service for Bro. Claiborne on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Williams Chapel Church of Christ m Lynn Grove, KY. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Lebanon Cemetery in Sedalia, KY.

Higgins Funeral Home is assisting the family of Brother Winford Claiborne.

The Daily News-Journal (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) · Wed, Nov 19, 2014 · Page A2

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Honor For Winford Claiborne

The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tennessee
Friday, January 23,1987, page 23

The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tennessee
Friday, February 23,1990, page 4

The Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky
Saturday, September 14, 1985, page 6

The Madison County Record
Huntsville, Alabama
Thursday, March 14, 2002, page 7.

The Tennessean
Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, June 17, 1995, page 19

Directions To Grave

The Lebanon church of Christ Cemetery is located south of Mayfield, Kentucky about five miles on Hwy. 303. If heading south you will come to a four-way stop where you will see the church to your left. Turn left in front of the church building and head to the rear of the cemetery on the left-hand side of the road, at the rear (last row - 2nd marker from street)

Note: At least two other preachers are buried in the cemetery at Lebanon church of Christ. The next grave to the right of the Claiborne plot are the graves of Robert S. & Georgia Ruth Usrey. A few rows back and to the right is the plot of Ira A. & Rega Rae Douthitt.

GPS Location
36°38'32.1"N 88°37'50.6"W
36.642247, -88.630711

Molly Doron - May 11, 1927 - October 12, 2002
Winford - March 6, 1926 - November 18, 2014
Married May 26, 1949
Reunited November 18, 2014

Photos Taken 02.13.2020
Webpage produced 03.05.2020
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

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