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Samuel Louis Clayburn

Samuel “Sam” Louis Clayburn, age 83, of Hatfield, Arkansas, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Sam was born in Glover, Oklahoma, to Neelis “Pete” Claborn and Sarah Jane Chaney. He was married to Reda McDaniel on May 15, 1958, in Hatfield, Ark.

Sam was a member of the Hatfield Freewill Baptist Church of Hatfield, where he enjoyed teaching Sunday school. Sam was a bricklayer by trade and drove a bus for the Hatfield School for several years. He and his wife Reda raised chickens for 40 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Pete Claborn and Sarah Jane Peck; an infant daughter; his brother, George “Calvin” Claborn, and aunt, Esther Heath.

He is survived by his wife, Reda, of 63 years; children Debbie Alley of Hatfield, Arkansas; Steve Clayburn and wife Stephanie of San Augustine, Texas; Dennis Shayne Clayburn of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Tanya Russell of West Fork, Arkansas; brothers, David Claborn of Mena, Arkansas; Paul Claborn of Ada, Oklahoma; Donnie Claborn of Riverside, California; sister, Joyce Allen of Riverside, California; grandsons, Adam Gates and wife Mysti; Brandon Gates; Rickey Gates and wife Erin of Texarkana, Texas; Wade Clayburn of Pearland, Texas; Jake Clayburn and wife Jessica of San Augustine, Texas; granddaughters Kerenza and Alexa Russell of West Fork; 11 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, October 4, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at the Lone Valley Cemetery of Hatfield, under the direction of the Bowser Family Funeral Home, on Tuesday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m., with Raymond Dees and Kevin Jewell officiating. Pallbearers included Billy Bates, Bennie Fisher, Jr., David Fisher, Jody Walston, Kurtis Walston, and Roger Wilson. Honorary pallbearers included Bob Philpot and Jimmy Tenbrook.

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