To me, Jim was always reflected in his son and my dear friend, Jared. When we attended Andrews Academy together Jared's dad was such a legend that people began to make jokes about him that paralleled the noteriety of Chuck Norris. He was a hero to me because when I saw the light in Jared's eyes as he talked about how cool his dad was (this is after all a man who got himself in shape to be an MMA fighter in his 40s), I saw something unique to a father-son relationship that I relished. Jim was Jared's friend, a father who built a foundation for Jared to make his own decisions and to respect others for making theirs. He was a man who was respected not because he explicitly demanded it, but because he understood that respect is a two-way street.
At this time let us put our collective support around the Clayburn family by keeping the memory of Jim alive. I'm positive that many of Jim's friends and family have special stories to tell about him.
While keeping Jim's legacy alive is an important part during this time of grieving, I ask that we consider the financial squeeze the Clayburn family is burdened with for Jim's viewing, funeral, and other expenses that go along with sending a loved one off. On behalf of the Clayburn family I would like to ask that anyone who is willing to support the Clayburns make a donation.
A viewing for Jim will take place at Pike Funeral Home in Bridgman from 5-7 on Wednesday (6/7).
The funeral service will be at 1pm on Thursday (6/8).
The address for this location is: 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, MI 49106