"A LIFE WELL LIVED"
On July 1, 1937, a beautiful baby boy was born to Louis and Hazel Lincoln in Beaumont, TX. The eighth of fourteen children. They named this gift Claude Edward Lincoln. Claude attended Hebert High School in Beaumont, TX. He loved sports and participated in track and field, football, and choir. Claude loved working with his hands and worked in his cousin’s auto shop where he developed a love as a car mechanic.
Claude graduated from Hebert High School in 1955, and shortly after graduating high school he decided to enlist in the United States Navy. Claude served in the Navy for four years when he decided to propose to the love of his life Addie Moultrie.
Addie and family moved to Beaumont, TX and lived across the street from the Lincoln family. Claude was 16 and Addie was 13. They dated for five years before deciding to marry. Addie’s parents gave her $40.00 for the wedding (a lot of money in those days). The two love birds married on July 25,1959 McCade Methodist church, in Beaumont, TX. Shortly the two would move to California to start their new life together as a young military couple. It was not uncommon for Claude to be out at sea for a year at a time where he served on several aircraft carriers and several destroyer ships while in the navy. Claude traveled to Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Formosa, and Vietnam. Claude also served during the Vietnam War and had many stories to tell how the Lord guided and protected him during the war.
One story comes to mind, Claude worked as a supervisor in the boiler room of the ship. He stated machines were always breaking down, parts going bad, you name it. A lot of the machine breakdowns would cause the ships to lose power and they would be sitting targets in battle until they fixed whatever was broken as fast as they could to give power to the ships engines so they could get out of harm’s way of missile and bullets being fired at them. Claude said he knew it was God who gave him the knowledge, wisdom, and the strength to get through all the close calls of war.
Two years after getting married their first child Dana was born in March of 1961 and Claude Jr. was born in April of 1962.
Claude and Jean worked hard to provide the best possible life for their children in California. Jean was a stay-at-home mom while Claude continued his Navy career.
Claude received Jesus as his Lord and Savior in Philadelphia in 1967. Claude gave all he had to the Lord. Claude was totally sold out to the Lord. Jean saw the difference God made in her husbands’ life, and in 1968 Claude led his wife to Christ. Claude served in active duty in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1972.
Claude became a Navy recruiter in Dallas, TX in 1972 and decided to retire from the Navy in 1975.
Claude then worked for DISD in 1975 as a HVAC supervisor. Claude retired from DISD in August of 2002. He was loved by his coworkers and remained close friends with many of them. The Lord used him to witness to his coworkers and led many to Christ. Claude enjoyed his retirement years keeping busy by maintaining his flower garden, traveling, preaching, and teaching the Word of God. Witnessing to family, friends and anyone who would listen.
Claude and Jean celebrated 62 years of marriage on July 25, 2021, at the church where he has been assistant pastor for 26 years under Pastor Alfred Odibo at Dayspring Worship Center in Lancaster, TX.
Claude was infected with the covid virus in August of 2021. He fought a good fight and kept the faith. However, after a month of being in the hospital died to complications of the virus. The family takes the virus seriously and therefore has decided not to have the traditional services to keep everyone safe.
Claude leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Jean Lincoln; daughter, Dana Price; son, Claude Lincoln Jr. and his wife Marie; grandchildren, Sarah Lincoln and Andrew Lincoln; sister, Barbara Thorton, Joann Moore (Wallace), and Marie Hardley; brother, Roy Donald Lincoln (Carolyn), nieces, nephews, friends’ coworkers and church members.
Claude was preceded in death by his parents Louis & Hazel Lincoln. Siblings: Louis Lincoln, Ray Lincoln, Calvin Lincoln, Margaret Victory, Mildred Bennett, Mary Bell Carter, Annie Spears, Betty Simon and Bernandean Slater.
True Vine Baptist Church- San Diego, CA - Claude was ordained as a deacon in the 60’s.
Waikiki Baptist Church- Honolulu, HI - Claude served as a head deacon.
Arlington Park 1st Baptist Church- Dallas, TX. Claude was ordained as a minister in 1972.
Full Gospel 1st Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. (Pastor Ricky Randall) Claude served as assistant pastor for 6 years.
Dayspring Worship Center in Lancaster, TX (Pastor Alfred Odibo) Claude served as assistant pastor for 26 years.
Mr. Lincoln was a great soul winner, counselor, a man of his word and kept his word at all cost.
Mr. Lincoln loved his family, brothers and sisters and friends, he was a great cook, a great provider a great teacher a great preacher and a great example of a father and husband.
Mr. Lincoln loved seafood, loved to sing, and loved to travel and play golf.
Mr. Lincoln always treated everyone with love kindness and respect.
Mr. Claude Lincoln WAS OUR FAMILY HERO and will forever be in our hearts.
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