"Oh what a beautiful glorious day
The Lord has given us today!"
"I'm going to do something today
to please you, Lord!"
Florence Claxton, 91 years of age, of Longview, Texas began her journey in the Kingdom of the Lord on Wednesday, February, 8, 2018 at Longview Regional Medical center after a special day of praying, visiting with her family, pastor and friends. Florence suffered with congestive heart failure and was taken by the Lord as my Mother prayed to him to take her to heaven.
Florence, known by many as Mrs. Claxton, Grandmother, Meme, and Great Meme and of course as Mother, was born in Tallulah, Louisiana on February 28, 1926. She was primarily raised by her mother. She grew up in a farm house on the outskirts of the Vicksburg Battlefield near the banks of the Mississippi River. The youngest of two sisters and three brothers all of whom preceded her in death.
In 1941, Florence met the, then young man of her life, Earl Claxton and they soon married in Texas City, Texas
After many adventures, they settled in Longview, Texas and lived happily together for 59 years, until Earl's death in 2000.
Florence was a Godly, caring, loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Meme and Great-Meme to her family. A friend of no greater value to her special friends including those she dearly loved with the First Baptist Church of Longview where she has continued to serve the Lord for the past 68 years. She loved her church and its members.
Mother, a woman who believed in helping others and volunteering to do what she could to be a caring servant of the Lord, volunteered for many years helping the elderly and underprivileged at a local nursing home. She believed in sharing with others, so that they too were taken care of. Mother loved gardening and planting flowers and particularly watching, what she would call beautiful birds, the Lord had sent to see her.
Not one to seek any type of reward for helping others, others thought her good deeds were worthy of recognition, and was honored as the Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year and one of the Longview Regional Medical Center's "Stars" over Longview in 1974 and 2011, respectfully.
Mother could never do enough for others, especially her family and close friends. What a wonderful example of a creative, Godly woman for one to follow.
A wonderful cook who after many years of storing hundreds of recipes in her mind, she decided in 2002 it was time to write her recipes down and author a cookbook which she called "Bless This Food." It was her way of leaving a guideline book of "how to do it" to her family, friends and others.
All of her family are so glad that we had an opportunity to share in her life, especially in her late years. Always keen on what was going on, and a memory sharp as a tack. She worked very hard at leaving a memory legacy for her family to follow. Florence was preceded in passing by her beloved husband, Earl Claxton; daughter, Gloria Whatley; and son-in-law, Kenneth Whatley.
Florence is survived by son, Mike Claxton; grandsons, Brandon Claxton and his girlfriend, Laine and Lilly Veach of Diana, TX; Chase and his wife, Susannah; and great-granddaughters, McKennah Faith and Kessley Hope of Longview; grandson, Tommy Whatley and wife, Kim; and great-granddaughters, Emile and Bailey of Liberty City, Texas; granddaughter, Karrie Whatley of Liberty City; great granddaughter Sara Dickens and her husband, Brian and great-grandchildren, Noah and Madison of Longview, TX; and nieces and nephews associated with Florence in Mississippi, Louisiana and Ohio.
Services for Florence Claxton will be at her church, First Baptist Church of Longview, Ford Chapel, at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 12, 2018. Visitation will be preceding the service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Memory Park Cemetery along side her husband, Earl.
Services for Mrs. Claxton are handled exclusively by R. Blake Cammack and Welch Funeral Home of Longview.