Rev Robert Beaty Clyburn Passenger Death Head Injury – The Reverend Robert Beaty Clyburn, 83, husband of Mary Anne Griffin Clyburn of Aiken, South Carolina, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019. He sustained a severe head injury in a fall while celebrating his 62nd wedding anniversary on a Mississippi riverboat cruise aboard Mississippi River cruise ship American Queen.
American Queen embarked from Memphis, Tennessee on a 7-night cruise on Sunday, March 24, 2019 with calls at Vicksburg, MS; Natchez, MS; Baton Rouge.LA; St. Francisville, LA; Nottoway Plantation and LA; New Orleans, LA.
Born in Lancaster, South Carolina on September 11, 1935, Bob was the son of David and Loula Boyd Clyburn. The son of a Methodist minister, Bob grew up in many churches throughout South Carolina. He graduated from The High School of Charleston in 1953, received a B.A. in Psychology from Wofford College in 1957, and a Masters of Divinity from Emory University in 1960.
Bob and Mary Anne were married in Coral Gables, Florida in March 1957.
Bob was a United Methodist Minister in the South Carolina United Methodist Conference until he retired in 2001. He served the following United Methodist churches in his ministry: Belin/Murrel’s Inlet; New Zion, Shiloh and Alcolu in Clarendon County; Van Wyck/Van Wyck. While at Van Wyck he was the Church Planter for the Church of the Good Shepherd/Lancaster. He served Charles Wesley/ Aiken, Windsor/Columbia, Johnston and Harmony/ Johnston; Herbert Memorial and Sampit/Georgetown; Epworth/James Island; Barnwell and Siloam/ Barnwell. He served on the SC Methodist Conference District Board of Missions and Board of Ordained Ministry for many years.
Bob was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher, a Stephen Minister, and a member of the choir. He attended Aiken Senior Men, was a past member of the Aiken Choral Society, and was formerly active in various theatrical productions of The Heart Board, The Diabetes Society, and Aiken Community Playhouse.
A celebration of his life was scheduled for April 6th at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Aiken, SC, at 1:00. A visitation will follow in the St. John’s gymnasium. The Rev. Dr. John Stapleton and the Rev. David Clyburn will officiate the ceremony.
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