Rev. Claud Logan Asbury, Jr.

July 16, 1923 - June 2, 2017
Rev. Claud Logan Asbury, Jr.

Rev. Claud Logan Asbury, Jr., age 93, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.

Born on July 16, 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia, remembered are his parents, Claud Logan Asbury, Sr. and Florence Dolvin Asbury and his beloved wife of 62 years, Frances Luella Bayne Asbury. Remembered also is an infant son, Jimmy Wallace Asbury.

Rev. Asbury was a WWII Navy Veteran and graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Master of Divinity degree. He went on to pastor churches in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland over the years, serving his great Lord and Savior faithfully. Rev. Asbury was also proud to be a Mason.

Rev. Asbury is survived by two daughters, Brenda Asbury Head and husband Mike and Barbara Asbury Breden and husband Les, both of Wilmington; and two sons, William “Bill” Asbury and Barry Steve Asbury, both of Maryland. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Kaitlin Asbury, Jennifer Asbury, Christopher Breden, Alison Breden, Meredith Head, Heather Asbury and Melanie Asbury.

Rev. Asbury lived in Maryland for 43 years before moving to Wilmington in 2016. Rev. Asbury was a beloved member of the congregation of Bethany Church in Ellicott City, MD for over twenty years and then towards the last four years supported and attended the church plant Bethany Church Columbia Campus. Pastor Claud preached his last sermon at Bethany Church Columbia Campus at the age of 90 on March 30, 2014, after having been retired for many years. He loved to share the gospel with everyone he met, including the many doctors and nurses he met in the final month of his life. He sent many cards and notes to those celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or to simply encourage. If you ever got on his mailing list, you were showered with poems or songs that he wrote. He was the greatest Daddy, Granddaddy and friend in the world and he will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses that took such loving care of their sweet Daddy and Granddaddy the last month of his life, especially Dr. Charles Herring.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Bethany Church, 3030 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD. Burial will be next to his beloved wife, Frances, in Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD. Visitation will be at 1:00 pm immediately preceding the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on his behalf to Bethany Church.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910)791-9099


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  • June 04, 2017
    Rebecca Rawlins says:
    Uncle Claud sent personally written poems, music and letters to wherever I ( we) lived, over the years. He worked to get prayer back in school. I'll always remember his faith, hope and love. I was blessed to have 3 visits with him these past weeks. One we talked about his hobbies and family who had gone on ahead to be with the Lord. He said he'd love to taste the fresh honey from our bees, sometime. I know he now has blessings and sweetness beyond compare. Uncle Claud loved so well and I am one of many who are blessed by his life. Prayer and hugs to the whole family. My last visit I whispered to him, give them all hugs for us...I know he will.....A song keeps going around in my head the last few days..."Earnestly tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me. ......".........love to all, Becky

  • June 04, 2017
    Laurena Hammen lit a candle:
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  • June 05, 2017
    Linda Giotis says:
    So sad to learn of Rev. Claud's passing - He was always such a warm, sincere and wonderful person with a kind smile every time you saw him. Loved his sense of humor; he will be missed~ Condolences to his family and friends~

  • June 08, 2017
    Cheryl Willse says:
    Such a kind and gentle man. When I hear the phrase bless your heart I often think of him. He truly meant it. Brenda and I have been friends since our early teens? I loved being around him when I spent the night at their house and sang at his church. He had a gift for making one feel so special.He will have a great seat in heaven.