Wesley Clayborne, Orry Clayborne, Wade Bruce, Kyle Clayborne, Greg Clayborne, Jason Clayborne, Brian Swindle, Mike Skaggs, and Dennis Jarvi served as active pallbearers. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. She was born on June 5, 1916 in Macon County, Tennessee, to her parents; the late John Earnest and Gertie Lois Cothron Polston. Lavelle was married to Jewell Mason Clayborne on December 15, 1935, sharing six children and fifty-nine years together; Jewell preceded her in death on April 29, 1995. Besides her husband and parents; Infant son, Hillous Wayne Clayborne, brothers, Carnell Polston, Johnnie Othell Polston, half-brother, Joe Polston, and a sister, Evelle Swindle, also preceded her in death. She worked different places for several years; City Café, Family Restaurant, Morton’s Dry Goods, and Dimeco. Most people remember her from her working days for her ability to cook. Although she enjoyed her work, being a homemaker was her full time job. She loved her family, and taking care of her children and grand-children was her first priority. Lavelle loved sports and watching them on television was her past time; she watched Tiger play golf, the Titans play football, yet she was a big Peyton Manning fan. Lavelle was a loving and caring mother who enjoyed cooking and always had dinner for the family on Sundays. She may have been 93, but she was a very independent woman who was blessed to get to stay home and care for herself. Lavelle was saved by God’s grace as a young woman and joined Meadorville Missionary Baptist Church where she remained a member. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. She is lovingly survived by; daughter, Agnes Bartlett of Gallatin, TN, sons, Eddy and wife Wynona Clayborne of Haysville Community in Macon County, TN, Steve and wife Betty Sue Clayborne of Lafayette, TN, Kenneth and wife Louise Clayborne of Florahome, Florida, and Lee and wife Pat Clayborne of Columbia, TN, sister, Jeanette Williams of Florida, brother, E. J. Polston of Washington State, half-sisters, Edwinna Harris, Joyce Goosbley, and Debra Gonzales, half-brother, Kenneth Polston, twelve grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren, also survive.
Lavelle Clayborne of Lafayette, TN died at her home on February 10, 2010 at the age of ninety-three. Funeral services for Lavelle Clayborne were conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Harold Dean Linville and Elder Ricky Wilson officiating. Lonnie Overstreet, Jerry Scurlock, Mike Hesson, Ricky Leath, and Mike Tomlin served as honorary pallbearers.