Rev. Claude A. Eggleston, 92, of Goodrich St., Ripley, N.Y., died Thursday, April 19, 2013.
Claude was born in Erie, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1920, to Claude S. Eggleston and Eva Woodin Eggleston. He was a graduate of Lakewood High School and Baptist Bible Seminary at that time in Johnson City, N.Y. He started his ministry as a Bible club missionary teaching Bible clubs with his wife in the schools of the Finger Lakes Region.
He pastored three churches in New York State - The Sempronius Baptist Church, Niobe Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Ripley of, which he has remained an active member since his retirement.
Claude A. Eggleston
He also worked as a bus driver in the Panama Central School District and as a rural mail carrier in Ripley, N.Y.
He served for many years on the Board of Bethany Camp, Sinclairville, N.Y. He also served on the board of the Ripley Community Heritage Foundation. He was an active member of the Ripley Senior Citizens having served as a chaplain.
He enjoyed beekeeping, fishing, hunting, gardening and canning. He found great satisfaction in providing for others from the abundance of his harvest. He also enjoyed competitive games. Most of all he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. He actively shared his faith, memorized scripture, gave sacrificially and served through his local church.
Surviving are his wife, Janice Ireland Eggleston, whom he married June 15, 1944; four daughters, Sandra Heim (Neil, deceased) of Lima, Peru; Lynette Warner (Walter) of Port Crane, N.Y.; Lois Harman (Ken) of Graham, N.C., and Anita Mencer (Tom) of Ripley, N.Y.; two sons, Dr. Gary Eggleston (Cindy) of Westfield, N.Y., and Rev. Donald Eggleston (Terri) of Ripley, N.Y.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred Eggleston of Ashville, N.Y.; and a sister, Joyce Parker of Sugar Grove, Pa.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Eggleston; and sisters, Marguerite Range, Geraldine Groves, Mary Landin and Audrey Eggleston.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Ripley. There will be a time for visit with the family before and after from 6 to 9 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ripley, 9869 E. Side Hill Rd., P.O. Box 349, Ripley, N.Y. 14775 or to the Ripley Community Heritage Foundation, 9764 E. Lake Rd., Ripley, N.Y. 14775.
Arrangements by the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley, N.Y.