Celebrating the life of Eugene A. Claiborne, Sr.
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Deacon Claiborne was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Dollie Jones Claiborne; and his eight siblings, John Claiborne, Dorothy Claiborne McCoy, David Claiborne, Fred Claiborne, Ruth Claiborne Hayes, Ruby Claiborne Cox, Paul Claiborne and Silas Claiborne.
At an early age he was baptized at Bloomfield Baptist Church (Dinwiddie, VA) where his faith in God began to develop, which would continue throughout his lifetime. During his teen and early adult years, he was a member of Mt. Poole Baptist Church (Ford, VA). After marriage, he moved his membership to Shiloh Baptist Church (Blackstone, VA) where he continued to actively serve until his health began to fail in 2017. Some of the areas where the Lord allowed him to serve during his years at Shiloh included Sunday School Teacher, Choir member, Trustee, Church Treasurer, Building Committee Chair and Deacon.
Deacon Claiborne was educated in the Dinwiddie County School System and graduated from the Dinwiddie Training School (McKinney, VA). Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Following an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended Virginia State College, where he received a degree in Industrial Arts, specializing in Carpentry.
While at Virginia State College, the Lord was equipping him with carpentry and architectural drawing skills which would be freely shared over several decades as he would draw plans and provide needed insight to many churches and civic organizations in Nottoway and surrounding counties with construction and building addition projects.
Deacon Claiborne’s employment history includes working at the Nottoway County School Maintenance Shop in the 1950’s. He was also a Federal Government employee for thirty years at Fort Pickett and Fort Lee, beginning his career as a laborer/carpenter and retiring as a supervisor in the Facilities Engineer Division.
Deacon Claiborne believed that God blessed him with great opportunities to serve not only at Shiloh Baptist Church, but in the community at large as one of the founding members of the Nottoway Civic League, a Boy Scout Troop Leader, one of the leaders involved in establishing little league baseball for African American youths in the Blackstone community (1960’s), a VFW member, a member of the NAACP, a member of W.H. Hughes Masonic Lodge, and many other areas of service as he sought to diligently do the work that God had assigned his heart and hands to do, to the Glory of God.
Deacon Claiborne leaves to cherish his memory: one son, Eugene (Annette) Claiborne, Jr.; three grandchildren, Richelle Claiborne (Charlottesville, VA), Justine Jordan (Richmond, VA) and Eugene Claiborne, III (Charlottesville, VA); great granddaughter, Cheyenne Claiborne (Charlottesville, VA); sister-in-law, Martha Jones Patterson (Chicago, IL); and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone. Interment Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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