John Davis Wilburn

December 15, 1953February 3, 2018
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WILBURN, John Davis, died peacefully on February 3, 2018 in Richmond, VA. at the age of 64. John was born December 15, 1953 in Richmond, VA. to his parents Emmett Claiborne Wilburn and Jean Davis Wilburn. He graduated from Benedictine High School and retired from the City of Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services after 30 years of service as a firefighter.

John is survived by his daughter Lisa Austin (Aaron) of Henrico, Va.; his daughter Amy Jackson (Chris) of North Chesterfield, Va.; and his grandchildren Harper Jackson, Caroline Austin, August Jackson, and Kelton Austin.

The family will receive friends at a viewing on Wednesday, February 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home-Atlee Chapel, 9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. The funeral is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Woody Funeral Home. Interment at Forest lawn Cemetery. There will be a reception following interment at the funeral home. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local fire station.



  • Visitation Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, February 8, 2018


  • Interment

John Davis Wilburn

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Wayne Duke

February 7, 2018

To the Wilburn family: My deepest sympathy to all in the loss of one so dear. John was my neighbor (and relative) and a good one. May God walk with you during these days and uphold you.

connie wills

February 6, 2018

John you will be missed you were a neighbor of ours/lifelong friend especially of my brother Gary Verdi Sr,He really misses you we all do.shine bright always, no more pain for you or suffering that is a good thing Now you are with your family members that were waiting for you in heaven,My prayers will always be with your children and high John God bless.

Horace Anderson

February 6, 2018

Sorry to hear of the passing of your love one.John was a brother of mine in the Richmond Dept. of Fire and Emergency Services.We had a good relationship and I know that you are going to miss him. Please accept my sympathy.

Dave Sullivan

February 6, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with John at the Fire Department. He was a great person.

Robert Daffron

February 6, 2018

Condolences and prayers from myself and all the members of the Benedictine Class of '73. Though years and time has passed between us you will always be one of our brothers. I had run into John a number of times over the years (especially when he was based in Church Hill) and had hope to reconnect with him, as we get many of the old Cadets together. Rest in Peace John .
BHS Class '73

Mary Ellen Wallo Wash

February 6, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rest in peace, John, you are with the angels now.

Terri Iguina

February 6, 2018

My Uncle John stayed up all night roasting a pig, and then drove to South Carolina to get fireworks the next night, he swam to the very middle of the lake with me to make sure i didn't drown, he drove the fire truck by papa's house when I stayed there sick from school one day, he sent flowers when my first daughter was born, he arrived with every tool he had in the middle of July when the city said I had to rebuild my garage and I had no money, he helped me find my car after leaving my Uncle Gary dying in the hospital.

I know there is peace for you Uncle.

Ellie Clampett- Wilburn

February 5, 2018

Dad, this is your Dog Ellie. I waited for you. I'm glad you are not in pain anymore but I will always listen for your truck. When I cross over the rainbow Bridge I hope you will be there to meet me. I'm with Amy, Chris, Harper, and Gus. I know you would be glad I'm here with them. I love you Daddy and will always miss you. Your dog, Ellie Mae Clampett

Mary Golden

February 5, 2018

You , my Dear Man were the very best friend I've ever had. I will think of you daily and miss you always. I pray you are with your Mom, Dad and brother. No more pain, you are free from the trials and tribulations of this life. I will always love you !! Mary Golden


February 4, 2018

This saddens me to here of his passing,he was my mentor of sorts when i first joined the Fire Dept we had alot of good times and a good friendship.I saw him a few weeks back and i felt he had found some peace and i hope his family can find the same.
Rip my Brother