YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mr. Charlie Clyburn, Jr., also known by friends as “Raymond Concrete”, 84, passed away Saturday, June 17, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Clyburn was born in Camden, South Carolina on May 30, 1933. He was the eighth of 15 children to be born to the late Charlie, Sr. and Hettie Wilson Clyburn.
Mr. Clyburn served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, trained as a field artillery crewman, was a champion boxer and received the national defense service medal. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1953, he made his home in Youngstown.
He retired after 27 years with the Mahoning County Sanitary Engineering Department. Charlie was a problem solver in the company.
As a bachelor with no children, he spread an abundance of love to generations of nieces and nephews. He enjoyed driving his 1959, candy apple red Cadillac and Buick mint green deuce and a quarter. He also enjoyed landscaping and his favorite football teams were the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins but his No. 1 past-time was social games. His actions demonstrated love, respect and kindness. Charlie voluntarily brought bags of groceries to give to families in need.
He will be missed by his three brothers, William (Beverly) Clyburn of Aiken, South Carolina, Clyde (Willie Mae) Clyburn and Wilson (Dorothy) Clyburn, both of Camden; four sisters, Dorothy Alexander of Youngstown, Willie Mae Allen of both Boston and Youngstown, Louise Webb of Atlanta and Viva Lee (James) Baker of Brooklyn, New York and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews and other family and friends.
Besides his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by two brothers, James Clyburn and Clifford Clyburn and five sisters, Esther Seabrook, Ruth Stanley, Naomi Kershaw, Lillie Mae Clyburn and Vivianne Clyburn.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 27, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, 1951 McGuffey Road in Youngstown.
A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, June 27 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.