She was born Aug 23, 1923, in Hartsville, S.C., to the Rev. Claude and Mattie Campbell. She attended North Greenville Junior College and the University of South Carolina. Her first husband, the Rev. James Norris Johnson of Wagener, S.C., passed away in 1946. Claudia later married Marion Mitchell Rector of Greer, S.C. She lived and worked for many years in Aiken, S.C., where she served as kindergarten director at First Baptist Church in that city. In 1974, she and her husband moved to Florence, S.C., where they served at Bethea Baptist Home. In 1979, they accepted positions at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School and remained there until their retirement in 1992.
Preceded in death by both husbands, she is survived by: her five children, Dwain and wife Cheryl Johnson of Irmo, S.C., Jim and wife Tensie Campbell of Rabun Gap, and Charleston, S.C., Pamela Kerr of St. Simons Island, Marion “Skip” Rector of Charleston and Mary Claudette and husband Mike Kingery of Clayton; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held Saturday at Clayton First United Methodist Church with officiating by the Rev. Jeannie Chapman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Claudia’s name be sent to: Meals on Wheels at the Rabun County Senior Center, 2832 Old Highway 441 S., Tiger, GA 30576.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.