The angelic hosts came for Mr. Claude Philpott, 80, on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street in Teague, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 252 FCR 489 West in Teague, Rev. E.O. Riley, pastor. Rev. Roosevelt Nickerson will officiate and Rev. Wayne Williams will serve as eulogist. Interment will be at Salem Cemetery in Teague.
Claude, born Feb. 28, 1933, accepted Christ into his life at the age of 12 during revival one summer night and united with Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life he united with First Baptist Church South Teague, where he served as deacon and Bible teacher.
Claude attended grammar school in the Salem Community. He graduated as salutatorian from Booker T. Washington High School in Teague with the class of 1951. After graduation, Claude attended Butler College in Tyler. During his tenure in college, he was drafted into the Army where he served in the Korean War. He proudly served his country for three years before being honorably discharged as a corporal (E-4).
Claude married Miss Tessie Josephine Bell on June 23, 1958 and their union produced three exceptional children. He was a loving husband and father.
Claude was a wonderful and dedicated provider for his family. He was employed for several years at the Teague Brick Plant and later at the Mexia State School. He also worked as a licensed barber. Claude was a farmer at heart and enjoyed working on the farm as a cattleman. He also took great pride in providing excellent lawn care to the public and raised bountiful gardens. Claude also enjoyed fishing.
Claude was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tessie; his son, Claude Lee Philpott; his brother, Hermit Philpott; and his sisters, Ida Mae Johnson, Loressa Hollie, Alverna Smith, Letha Jackson and Lurlean Brown.
Those left behind to celebrate Claude’s life and share in his wonderful memories include: son, Alan Philpott and wife, Coleen, of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Patricia Lawrence of Teague; brother, Eli Philpott, of Los Angeles; sisters, Claudine Curry of Teague, Ruby Faye Henderson of Fort Worth, Jo Ann Bell and husband, Johnny, of Lubbock, and Vera White of Teague; grandsons, Royce Lawrence of Fort Benning, Ga. and Ryan Lawrence of College Station; granddaughters, Adrianna Hargis of Memphis, Tenn. and Alexis Philpott of San Diego, Calif.; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.