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East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

William Eugene Osborne

February 24, 1936July 19, 2020
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William Eugene Osborne, 84, entered into the loving arms of Jesus during the early morning hours of Sunday (July 19, 2020) surrounded by his loving family. William was born on February 24, 1936 in Diuffield, VA to the late Caney Forrest Osborne & Cordilla Ann Hicks Bishop. “Bill” was of the Baptist faith. He traveled and sang with his family in the “Pilgrim Aires Trio” later known as the “Osborne Family”. He retired from the City of Kingsport with more than 38 years of dedicated service. “Bill” was a hard worker that loved Christ and his family beyond words. “Bill” was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend; he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, “Bill” was preceded in death by his step-mother, Minnie May Hicks Osborne; three brothers, Cecil Osborne, Jim Osborne, and Lonzo Osborne; and three sisters, Mayola Osborne Roberts, Virginia Osborne Roberts, and Gladys Osborne.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 64 years, Marilyn Jean Osborne; two daughters, Wanda Dingus & husband Tony and Karen Christian & husband Chris; brother, Claude Osborne; three grandsons, Andrew Christian & wife Michelle, Aaron Dingus & wife Laura, and Broddie Christian; great-granddaughter, Abigail Rose Christian; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday (July 23, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home at 7 p.m. with Pastor Chris Christian, Pastor Dewey Shaffer, and Bro. Tommy Browder officiating.

“Bill” will be laid to rest on Friday (July 24, 2020) at 2 p.m. in the Garden of Love at East Lawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Andrew Christian and Aaron Dingus, nephews and great-nephews, Nick Winkle, Robbie Sims, Terry Arnold, and Brad Jackson.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be sent to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105; www.stjude.org; 800-873-6983).

Online condolences may be made to the Osborne family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Osborne family.

  • FAMILY

  • Marilyn Jean Osborne, Beloved wife of 64 years
  • Wanda Dingus & husband Tony and Karen Christian & husband Chris, Two Daughters
  • Claude Osborne, Brother
  • Andrew Christian & wife Michelle, Aaron Dingus & wife Laura, and Broddie Christian, Three Grandsons
  • Abigail Rose Christian, Great-Granddaughter
  • Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends, Family
  • Caney Forrest Osborne & Cordilla Ann Hicks Bishop, Parents (deceased)
  • Minnie May Hicks Osborne, Step-Mother (deceased)
  • Cecil Osborne, Jim Osborne and Lonzo Osborne, Three Brothers (deceased)
  • Mayola Osborne Roberts, Virginia Osborne Roberts and Gladys Osborne, Three Sisters (deceased)

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Andrew Christian
  • Aaron Dingus
  • Nick Winkle
  • Robbie Sims
  • Terry Arnold
  • Brad Jackson

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Laid To Rest

    Friday, July 24, 2020

Memories

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H L AND BARBARA WILLIAMS

July 23, 2020

We have known Bill, Claude And all the family for years. Really enjoyed hearing them sing. May God give you ALL Special Grace during this time.

Darlene Powers

July 22, 2020

My thoughts an prayers are with u all

Suncrest Hospice

July 21, 2020

Sending love and prayers for the family during this time. Please know we are here to help.
Thank you for allowing us to help care for Mr. Osborne in his time of need.

Larry Kinsler

July 20, 2020

The Sluss Family will greatly miss this man. We have fond memories of Bill and Jean and The Osborne Family coming to The Log House Church and singing.

Stanley Sims

July 20, 2020

Brother Bill taught me to play guitar when I was a teenager. Great man of God. Will miss him.

J W Hutchins

July 20, 2020

To wife , Jean Osborne, Children , Wanda Dingus & husband Tony , Karen Christian & husband Chris; brother, Claude Osborne, Grandchildren, all the family and love ones.
A good man has gone home . I’ve always loved and looked up to this man and his whole family. I cherish the visits and the times we’ve shared. I know he’ll be so missed. May God bless and comfort you all during and after this this time of loss.

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