Earl Osborne

January 24, 1947September 7, 2018
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Earl Osborne, 71, of Pineville; passed away Sept. 7, 2018. He was born January 24, 1947. Born and raised in Pineville, NC he grew up with his beloved mother and father, Carolyn and Edgar Osborne, along with his siblings Eddy Mac (66), and Carol Dean (64).

Mr. Osborne graduated from South Mecklenburg HS in 1966 and shortly after was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. He began service May 31, 1967 and returned November 9, 1968. During that year, he was shot 3 times, hit by grenade shrapnel, and was a POW for 5 days, and was awarded a Bronze Star for helping trapped soldiers escape to safety.

Once home, Earl met his first wife and shortly thereafter, re-enlisted and moved to Germany. During his time in Germany he became a Golden Glove Boxing Champion for the Army, with a 48 – 0 record after losing his first 2 fights. August 7, 1980, their first son Russell (Rusty, 38) was born at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Seven years later, they gave birth to Rachel (31). Earl enjoyed spending his time shooting pool and being around friends and family.

He worked for Blythe Brothers, where he was a road paver for most of his life. His legacy will be passed on by his children and grandchildren, Madalynn Wray (17), Gabriel Harris (3), Xander Lee (4), and Raelynn Elizabeth (due to be born in December). His family would like to thank Hospice for making his time a little more peaceful. A huge thank you to nurse Carylon for always being there to bring smile to his face.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 11 at 5:00 pm at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC, with a visitation following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville.


  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, September 11, 2018


  • Visitation and Reception

Earl Osborne

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Doug Warden

September 13, 2018

Earl was in my squad in the 3rd platoon of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He arrived in November, 1967 and served until November, 1968. He was at Dak To, the Battle of Tam Quan and Tet 1968 at Quang Tri. He never refused an order, was a credit to his unit and was a good soldier, as well as a life-long friend to me and many others. We consider him our brother and we were proud to call him that. We’ll miss you Oz! May God take you into his presence and give you eternal life. Goodbye, old friend.

Jimmy Helms

September 12, 2018

We had a lot of fun over the years but I should not talk about it here. We had fun in high school but did not learn much! Lot's of fun at MYF
on Sun.night and after it was over. After high school and in the Army in Germany! We had some really good talks on the phone over the
last few years. I sure do miss you brother!!! It sure is hard getting old. All the best to all of your family.
Love Jim

Shirley Smith

September 11, 2018

Many fond memories of Earl at South Mecklenburg and being a neighbor to him and his family out on Hwy. 51. Prayers to his family and may God give you all comfort during this time of grief.

Jane Melton

September 10, 2018

Thank you to the family for the pictures. Prayers for strength and comfort. Earl was loved and will be missed. Many good memories of the smiles and laughter he brought to my life. Rest In Peace Earl. You will always have a place in my heart.

Debbie & Jeff Harris

September 10, 2018

We didn't know Earl but for a few years; but he was one of the most kind and caring person we've ever met. He will be greatly missed and always in our heart. Our deepest sympathy to all his family.

Brenda (Howell) Yates

September 10, 2018

So sorry. So glad he was able to be at a our family reunion. Earl requested that he would love to have a neither one. Howell Family worked so hard for one on September 1.. Unfortunately Earl wasn't able to make it.
Earl loved his family. Earl gave his all,
Prayers and love to the Osborne Family.