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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    convey their sympathies to the family of Reverend James Davis
 4    Clayborne, who passed away on January 23, 1995; and
 5        WHEREAS,  James  Davis  Clayborne was born in Kellystore,
 6    Mississippi on May 14, 1913; James Clayborne was the sixth of
 7    fourteen children; his parents were Reverend Jesse  Clayborne
 8    and Indiana Stennis Clayborne; and
 9        WHEREAS,  At an early age James Clayborne accepted Christ
10    and joined the First Baptist  Missionary  Baptist  Church  in
11    Wahalak, Mississippi in 1937; after moving to East St. Louis,
12    Illinois,  Mr.  Clayborne  united  with  Mt. Sinai Missionary
13    Baptist Church,  where  he  served  as  the  church's  junior
14    pastor;  at  Mount  Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the
15    pastorage of Reverend B. Haney, James Clayborne announced his
16    calling to the ministry and was ordained a minister; and
17        WHEREAS, In 1931, James  Clayborne  was  married  to  Ms.
18    Frances  Cowan; Reverend Clayborne worked thirty-one years as
19    a chipper for Scullin Steel, retiring in 1970; from  1955  to
20    1970,  Reverend  Clayborne  pastored  Mt.  Perion  Missionary
21    Baptist  Church  in  East  St.  Louis;  from  1971 to 1981 he
22    pastored  the  Mt.  Zion   Missionary   Baptist   Church   in
23    Collinsville;  from  1989  to  1995  he pastored the Hopewell
24    Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis, where he retired
25    in January of 1995; and
26        WHEREAS, Reverend Clayborne was known for his  hard  work
27    as  an  ambassador  for God and his kingdom; he was known for
28    his sense of humor and his laughter, and for standing up  for
29    what  was  right;  Reverend  Clayborne  demonstrated  to  the
30    community,  to  his  church  charges, and to his family, what
31    serving God meant through his devotion to a better  life  for
32    all; and
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 1        WHEREAS,  Reverend  James  Davis Clayborne is survived by
 2    his wife Frances;  his  two  sons,  Clarence  and  Dr.  James
 3    Clayborne; his two daughters and their husbands, Mrs. Barbara
 4    King  and husband Johnny, and Geraldine Scott and her husband
 5    Dr. Hillard;  his  twelve  grandchildren,  Sheryl  Clayborne,
 6    Cheri  (Gary)  Smith,  Attorney  James  (Staci) Clayborne II,
 7    D'Juan Lockett, Dwight Holley, Dwayne Lockett, Jocelyn  King,
 8    Johnny  King  III,  Celia  (Clifton)  Daniel,  Hilary  Scott,
 9    Hillard    D.    Scott,   and   Robin   Scott;   his   twelve
10    great-grandchildren; his three sisters,  Arkola  Jones,  Mary
11    Spires,  and Mamie Bolden; his brother, Calvin Clayborne; his
12    brothers-in-law, Reverend William Cowan, and Leroy Cowan; his
13    sister-in-law, Edna Clayborne;  his  aunt,  Ruth  Ulmer;  his
14    daughter-in-law,  Janet  Cooper;  his neighbors, Fredrick and
15    Shirley Stokes;  nieces,  nephews,  relatives,  and  friends;
16    therefore, be it
18    OF  THE  STATE  OF  ILLINOIS,  that  we mourn, along with his
19    family and friends, the death of the Reverend James Clayborne
20    of East St. Louis, Illinois; and be it further
21        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
22    presented   to   the  family  of  the  Reverend  James  Davis
23    Clayborne.

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