September 6, 1949 ~ March 25, 2021
Born in: Dayhoit, KY
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Earl Edmond Wilburn, 71, went home to his Savior on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
A native of Dayhoit, KY, Earl was a son of the late Edward R. and Nancy Lee Noe Wilburn.
Mr. Wilburn proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and enjoyed his time as a member of The American Legion. He enjoyed gardening (growing tomatoes and peppers), visiting with his beloved Wilburn family, socializing with his friends and neighbors and his nephew, Tyler. He was very proud of his son and daughter-in-law, whom he said is the “best mother to her children” that he had ever seen. He treasured his grandchildren and loved playing with them. He believed strongly in helping others and focused on helping the elderly. He especially enjoyed talking to and helping Barbara, whom he endearingly referred to as “mom.”
He is survived in death by his wife, Dianne; son, Jeremiah; daughter-in-law, Natasha; grandchildren, Alivia, Elia, and Lianna; sisters, Betty Ann Smith (Stan) and Elizabeth Wilburn (Jerry); and brother, Benny Ray Wilburn (Christie).
The funeral service for Mr. Wilburn will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with Jeremiah Black officiating.
Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain.
The family would like to say a special “thank you” to the entire VA medical staff for their care and compassion towards the veterans they serve.
Burial: April 1, 2021 11:00 am
Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711