Byron M. Osborne Jr.

November 27, 1922October 27, 2013
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Byron Mertins Osborne Jr.

Byron Mertins Osborne, Jr., 90 of 809 Kay Street, Lenoir, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at his home.

He was born on November 27, 1922 in Asheville, North Carolina to the late Ruth M. and Byron M. Osborne. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Ann Sarley.

Mr. Osborne served in the United States Army during World War II. He served from 1942 until 1945 as a Staff Sergeant in the China Burma India Theater. He received the Bronze Service Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He was a 1949 graduate of University of North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Commerce. He went on to become the Western North Carolina Regional Manager of Southern Bell Telephone Company, where he retired in 1982, after 32 years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir. He was also a member of the Lions and Rotary Clubs.

Mr. Osborne is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Worley Osborne, of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Kathy O. Chandler and husband Robert, of Hudson; grandchildren, Jennifer L. Fox and husband Shane of Lenoir; Justin G. Chandler of Hudson; Casey S. Boseck and husband Martin, of Bel-Air, Maryland and David M. Sarley, Jr. and wife Leisa of Huntersville; and great-grandchildren Ryan and Caroline Fox; Ashlea, Courtney, and Gracie Boseck; and David and Daniel Sarley.

The family extends warm gratitude to Mr. Osborne’s caregivers: Claudia Dixon, Resha Shell, Sue Hartsoe, Shirley Moore and Linda Perkins.

Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church of Lenoir on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Dr. David Smith officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the church parlor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Byron M. Osborne Jr.

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November 4, 2013

We were neighbors of Byron and Kathryn for a few years on Kay Street. They were wonderful neighbors and friends. Jerry also worked for Southern Bell in engineering at his time. We are so sorry for the loss of a kind and loving person. May wonderful memories sustain the family at this time. In Christian sympathy and love, Jerry and Gayle Park

Jolene & Ralph Keziah

October 31, 2013

To the family, deepest sympathy for your loss. God bless you in the days ahead.

Bill & Jean Brookshire

October 30, 2013

To Kathy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. God called him home and God will be here for all of you. If we can do anything for you, please let us know.

Anne Chester

October 29, 2013

To Mrs. Osborne, daughter Kathy, and family, I want to extend to you my condolences and prayers. I enjoyed working with Mr. Osborne. He was a fine boss. I'm glad I was able to stay in touch and visit with him and Mrs. Osborne after his retirement. I hated he had to leave his family and loved ones, but Heaven was calling him home. If I can be of help or assistance, please let me know,,,, Anne Chester