Clayton Samuel Yawn (1895 – 1950)
He was born and raised in Appling County, and went on to be college educated and trained in the ministry. Some time before 1919 he came to live in Ray City. However, he does not appear in the 1144 Georgia Militia District in the census of 1920. It may have been during this time that Clayton was away at school.
C.S Yawn of Ray City, GA was listed among the ordained ministers of the United States in the 1919 American Baptists Yearbook.
Two years before, on June 5, 1917, the Reverend C.S. Yawn registered for the WWI draft in Appling County . The 22 year-old Yawn was described as medium height and build, with grey eyes and black hair.
Clayton Samuel Yawn and Vera Laura Roberts were married about 1921.
In the 1930 census Vera and Clayton Samuel Yawn were living in Ray City, GA boarding in the household of her uncle James and aunt Mollie Studstill. Clayton Yawn listed his profession as “commercial traveler,” working in the “automobile accessories” industry.
Clayton Samuel Yawn died in 1950.
Florence Morning News
Saturday, January 14, 1950
Rev. Clayton S. Yawn
Funeral services for the Reverend Clayton S. Yawn, Baptist minister, will be conducted at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
Officiating will be the Reverend William L. Faircloth, pastor of the Rosewood Baptist Church of Columbia, and the Reverend Jasper Hinson, pastor of the Holly Hill Baptist Church.
Committal services and burial will follow in the family plot of Norway cemetery.
Mr. Yawn died Thursday afternoon at Bruce Hospital in Florence [SC]. He had been in failing health for the past year. At the time of his death he was pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle of Ocean Drive. He was a former pastor of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle of Bucksport.
He was born at Hazlehurst, Georgia July 25 1895, the son of the late James H. and Lydia Carter Yawn of Baxley, Ga. He had resided in Columbia, Sumter, Florence, Ocean Drive and Norway. He was a member of the Rosewood Baptist church of Columbia, the Lions Club, and the Junior Order.
Reverend Yawn was educated at Mercer University, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, and the Baptist Bible Institute of New Orleans.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann Moss Moore Yawn of Norway; a son, Caswell Yawn of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Misses Deree and Aline Yawn of New York City; a brother, Evan Yawn of Hazlehurst, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Sapp and Mrs. Agnes Franklin of Brunswick, Ga.; a nephew,Codis Yawn, of Charleston and two grandchildren survive also.
The body of Reverend Yawn was taken from Waters Funeral Home Friday afternoon to the residence of Miss Emma Moss at Norway to remain until the hour of the funeral services.
Active bearers will be Joe Cleaton, Henry Price, Frank Cunningham, the Reverenc Keith Gordon, J.W. Hughes, Dr. J. L Bruce, Dr. W. L. Mills, J. H. Price and R. L. Moore.
- D’Ree Yawn Natale ~ Small Town Girl (raycityhistory.wordpress.com)