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90_SR0114 LRB9007478KBkb 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 -2- LRB9007478KBkb 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 17 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 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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