Rodney S. Claybrook passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Born on January 30, 1930 in Maury City, to Hobart and Allena Claybrook, Rodney was the youngest boy of their seven children. He attended Popular Forest School and is a 1950 graduate of Central High School in Alamo.
After serving in the US Army as Private 1st Class, Rodeny attended Tennessee State University for one year before transferring to Lane College where he received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education. He received his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. He was an Administrator with the Chattanooga City School System until his retirement in 1993 after 36 years in education.
At an early age he professed his faith in Jesus Christ at Popular Forrest CME Church in Maury City. After moving to Chattanooga he joined Warren Chapel AME Church where he was a member until his passing.
He was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Lillie White Lodge #293 P.H.A. He was an avid gardener and pioneer CB Radio operator. He served on several boards including James A. Henry YMCA, Progressive Teachers Credit Union and various other organizations.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Mildred J. Claybrook; parents Hobart and Allena Claybrook; brothers, Augustus Woodey, Odessa Claybrook, Maurice Claybrook, Forrest Claybrook; sisters Iris Claybrook-Cobb and Farrar A. Claybrook-Apple. His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his daughter Shara Claybrook of Chattanooga; granddaughter Dylann Claybrook of Chattanooga; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, family and friends.
Public viewing was held Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the John P. Franklin Funeral Home in Chattanooga and a private service was held on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.