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2550 Nebraska Avenue
Toledo, OH 43607
Phone: 419-534-2550
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Melvin Claybrooks

Melvin Claybrooks III

Jan 11, 1947 - Dec 28, 2018
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Melvin Claybrooks III, age 71, passed peacefully with his family around him on Friday, December 28, 2018. Melvin was born January 11, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to Melvin and Doris Q. Claybrooks. He graduated from Jesup W. Scott High School where he participated in the band and track & field. He also graduated from Ohio University majoring in Fine Arts. There he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Melvin was an outstanding artist who specialized in oils and excelled in painting portraits. He participated in art shows at the Art Museum with the Corporation of Black Artists (COBA) in the 70’s. Melvin taught art in the Toledo Public Schools for over 20 years. He last worked and retired from Crown, Cork & Seal. Melvin accepted Christ at an early age and grew up attending St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Melvin Claybrooks Jr.; and brother, Harvey Morrison.

Friends and family meant everything to Mel.

Left to cherish his memory is his devoted wife and caregiver, Lynn; former wife, Sylvia; mother, Doris Q. Claybrooks; children, Lori (James Geter), Lisa, Melvin IV (JC), Lynsi (Kamaal), Lynnette (Nate), Jacqueline, Melvin Marcus (Shakedia) and 10 grandchildren; sister, Bobbyette (Cleveland) Sanders; special friends, Robert (Linda) Harris, Bradford Crannon, Christopher Perdue & Mischa Latrice Wright and other relatives and friends.
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    January 4, 2019 | 2:00pm
    January 4, 2019 2:00pm
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Ave.
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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Jim Zalewski

Posted at 12:30am
RIP MCIII. He was a great teacher artist and friend. Jim Zalewski, WHS 82


Posted at 06:47pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Claybrooks. He was one of my art teachers at Woodward and was himself a talented artist. He really challenged us to look at things in new ways; he was fun and funny and I still remember his piercing eyes and great smile. He is remembered. My sympathy to his friends and family. -Linda M. WHS Class of 1980.

The Anderson’s

Posted at 07:02am
So sorry about your loss. Your family was an asset to our neighborhood when you lived on Batavia and Putnam.May the Lord bless and keep you.

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Posted at 02:45pm
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Posted at 12:55pm
PEACEWITHGOD.NET has been a source of hope & inspiration and we thoughtfully share as JWs, Joyful Witnesses for our risen Lord Jesus Acts 1:8. Now and in the days ahead of this New Year, may Jesus our God of comfort richly bless you all as you remember and celebrate Melvin's life legacy. Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal.

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