John Clifford Raborn, 86, of Bryan, Texas, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2011. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral Services are set for 2 pm on Thursday, February 3, at the First Baptist Church, Bryan. Interment will follow at Steep Hollow Cemetery.
John was born in Waco, Texas, on July 6, 1924, to Ed L. Raborn and his wife Willie Martha Emma M. Raborn. He graduated from Waco High School, Class of ’41 and went on to attend Baylor University before enlisting in the Army/Air Force. After the war, he returned to Baylor University where he graduated in 1948. Later he attended the Southwestern Theological Seminary earning a MRE and GSRE.
John met Nelwyn Martin while attending Baylor University and they were married on March 17, 1945, at the First Baptist Church of Bryan. John and Nelwyn spent 32 years in Hong Kong as missionaries with the International Mission Board, serving their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Hong Kong, he served as the General Manager of the Baptist Press, the Chinese Baptist literature publishing house, and before retiring served as Area Coordinator of the MasterLife Discipleship Program.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Nelwyn Martin Raborn.
Survivors include his daughters Becky Carlton, of Bryan, daughter, Peggy Morris and her husband, Lewie, of Fort Worth, daughter, Kay Jones and her husband, Ronny of Bryan, son John Clifford Raborn, Jr. and his wife, Melody, of Fort Worth, daughter, Ruth Ann Moller and her husband Scott, of Nursery, and daughter, Rachel Norris and her husband, Bob, of Bryan. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher Carlton and Bradley Carlton, Jessica Morris and Joanna Morris, Jeffrey Jones and his wife, Sabrina, Gregory Jones and his wife, Dee, Scott Jones and his wife, Shannon, Karen Raborn and Laura Raborn, Harrison Moller and Emily Moller, and David Norris and Anna Norris; great-grandchildren, Gabriela Jones, Garrett Jones, Blaine Jones and Walter Jones; his brother, Ed Raborn and his wife, Juanita; his brother, Bob Raborn and his wife, Nancy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering through the First Baptist Church of Bryan.