June 6, 1924 ~ July 9, 2017
Claude Lee Hurrington was born on June 6, 1924 in Dallas, Texas to John Wesley and Maude Hurrington. From his infancy a family member nicknamed him “Sugarfoot”, this stuck with Claude throughout his lifetime. He accepted the Lord at an early age and was very active in the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Claude served as a junior deacon as a young man and as he matured physically and spiritually he was ordained a deacon. He met his loving wife MaeBell during their school years and both attended Lincoln High School. They were united in holy matrimony on June 16, 1941. Claude and MaeBell cherished a loving relationship nearing 65 years of married life and laughter together until her home going in 2006. From this loving union came Claudia Lynnette. Claude and MaeBell were wonderful parents not only to their daughter but were also influential role models to many others.
A few months after they were married, Claude began serving in the National Guard of the United States. He also served in the United States Army as a crane and winch operator during World War II. He received two campaign medals, a good conduct medal and a WWII Victory Medal. After his discharge in 1945 from military service, Claude and Mae decided to permanently relocate from Dallas, Texas to Los Angeles, California. He worked for many years as an appliance store manager also making repairs and refurbishments.
When moving to California, Claude’s love for the Lord was exemplified in the work he did in the church. He was a founding member of the New Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Luther Mc Craw. During the years, Claude served as Superintendent of Sunday School, Senior Choir President, Trustee and Chairman of the Deacon Board and we know that his labor for the Lord was not in vain. Claude was an active member of the New Bethel Baptist Church until his health began to fail but he continued to participate in worship at Anointed Fellowship Church with his son and daughter. He loved to raise a hymn and pray even at 93 years of age.
Deacon Hurrington was called to eternal rest on July 9, 2017, early on Sunday morning. Those that hold loving memories of Claude “Sugarfoot” Hurrington are Steaven and Claudia Lynnette Hawkins, two grandsons: Kenneth Michael Hawkins and Kevin Jerome Hawkins, one great grand-daughter: Kayla Michelle Hawkins (Mother, Denesha Hawkins), one godson: Edward Cole, one sister: Annie Pearl Grant, two brothers-in-law: Charles Stroughter and Eddie McAnthony (Joyce), 3 nephews, 7 nieces, 8 great-nieces, 9 great-nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
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