In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his loving wife of 60 years, Evelyn Grace Watts Kilby in 2007; and three brothers, Coyt Kilby, Carl Kilby and Furman Kilby; and a son-in-law, Gene Thompson.
Claude is survived by: two daughters, Claudia Thompson of Clayton and Sylvia Shook and husband Danny of Clayton; five brothers, Curtis Kilby of Persimmon, Jimmy Kilby of Mountain City, Fred Kilby of Persimmon, Dwight Kilby of Oakwood and Deleano Kilby of Tiger; two sisters, Christine Kilby Lee of Clayton and Brenda Kilby of Persimmon; a beloved brother-in-law, Lewis Watts of Hickory, N.C.; three grandchildren, Donna Shook Bryant, Ryan Thompson and Kyle Shook; five great-grandchildren, Danielle, Miya, Delayna, Aidan and Kyla; and several dear nieces and nephews.
He was a carpenter by trade and was a member of Persimmon Church of God for 40-plus years and was a past member of Tallulah-Persimmon Fire Department. Above all else, he loved his Lord and family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He played basketball in high school and in a men’s softball league for many years. Claude coached the Persimmon’s Women’s Softball League and also played banjo and enjoyed bluegrass and gospel music.
Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Persimmon Church of God with the Revs. Teddy King and Glenville Nichols officiating. Burial followed in Persimmon Community Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Claude Kilby may be made to the Persimmon Church of God Building Fund, Tallulah-Persimmon Fire Department or to the American Alzheimer’s Association, 855 Abutment Road, suite 6, Dalton, GA 30721.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Oct, 20, 2011ˆ