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Frederick Duane Claypool, 73, of 115 Gainey Dr., died Thursday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Greene County, Missouri to the late Ernest and Thelma Head Claypool. In 1948, he joined the Army Air Corps and served until retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1968. Most of his military years were spent as an aircraft instruments repairman and an instructor.

He was 4th Wing Historian at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base from 1970 until 1995 and received numerous awards for performance excellence including becoming the first person to receive the Air Force History Program's Outstanding Achievement Award which is only given on an occasional basis for extraordinary performance, and the Air Force Recognition Ribbon. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner. He was also very active with the Meals on Wheels program where he and his wife initiated the Mar Mac Area program in March of 1997, he served on the Advisory Council from 1998 - present and had served as president of the Advisory Council from 2000-2004.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Love Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ida Claypool; a son, Thomas Claypool of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Mikal Nicholls of San Diego, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Angela, Kimberly and John Nicholls.

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at Love Memorial Baptist Church and at other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to WAGES, Meals on Wheels, 601 E. Royall Ave., Goldsboro 27534.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory of Goldsboro is serving the family.


Published in Obituaries on August 9, 2004 1:41 PM