Retired Kansas director of missions dies

Frank Claiborne, a retired director of missions in Kansas, died Sunday, Jan. 19.

He was born to Jord M. and Cynthia Jane Williams Claiborne, was born in Nevada, Mo., on Sept. 23, 1925, weighing in at 2¾ pounds.

During Frank’s first hours of life, his hands were so small that they could pass through his father’s wedding band. During his final hours, his hands were clasped with Idavee, his loving wife of more than 66 years. Frank graduated from Nevada High School in May 1943.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the following July and was discharged in 1946. After their marriage in 1947, he and Idavee attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo. Later Frank attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kan.

Frank was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southwest Baptist University in 2006. Rev. Claiborne, or Brother Frank, as he was known to many people, lived a life of joyful ministry. He first became a pastor in 1948, ordained by Pine Street Baptist Church in Nevada, Mo

Over the years, he helped start more than 48 churches in Missouri and Kansas. Frank and Idavee were missionaries with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Brother Frank held many titles, including pastor, chaplain, superintendent of missions, director of missions and church starter strategist.

Whether clasped in prayer, reaching out to someone in need, or turning the pages of his treasured Bible, the Reverend Dr. Frank Claiborne’s hands were those of ministry.

Frank is survived by his wife, Idavee, and their three children: Cynthia Compton and husband Harold, Macon, Mo.; Paul Claiborne and wife Shellie, also of Macon, Mo.; and Tim Claiborne and wife Liz, Topeka, Kan.; eight grandchildren and nine great-granchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Betty Seitz, of Nevada, Mo., several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Visitation was held Wednesday night, Jan. 22 at Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 23, at the Bevier Baptist Church in Bevier, Mo.

A second visitation was be held Friday, Jan. 24, at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Mo. Interment then followed the visitation on Friday, Jan. 24, in the Newton Burial Park in Nevada, Mo.
Memorials may be sent to the Church Planting Memorial at the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606.