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.

Services

Funeral Home Assisting The Family: April 1, 2021 10:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: April 1, 2021 11:00 am

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-252-3535

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  1. Earl was salt of the earth. I had the pleasure of getting to know him over the past few years as he assisted us in several aspects of property management. The man I got to know was loyal, trustworthy, thoughtful towards others, early to work and willing to stay late. We celebrate these wonderful traits and a man who was a friend to so many. Sending blessing to him and the entire family.

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  2. The best uncle anyone could ever find or have through it all he has been there to help me when I need it weither it be car or truck hunting to loaning what ever he had I will forever cherish him and all his wonderful doings for me and his family he had a heart of gold and always had the heart to help and do whatever he could to help friends and family love you uncle earl never forgot and never to forget watch over the family and always be with us love you with all my heart and soul see you on the other bestie uncle earl

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  3. We only got to know Earl about two years ago. He was doing some work for us and brought Hotshot with him. He was hard working and we loved to talk gardening with him. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. May God give his family comfort during this difficult time.

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  4. Earl was a dear friend and so much like family to us. He shared with us the best tomato’s, peppers, and any vegetable he had grown. He also taught us the secrete to growing the best tomato’s. It has been so broken hearting knowing the pain he endured during his illness. Our prayer was that God would heal his body. However, his healing was Gods will to heal him Gods way and take him to his new home where he will not know pain any more. He left all his pain and suffering outside the gate that he will never remember anymore.

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  5. Earl was a dear friend for the past 30 years and so much like family to us. He shared with us the best tomato’s, peppers, and any vegetable he had grown. He also taught us the secrete to growing the best tomato’s. It has been so broken hearting knowing the pain he endured during his illness. He left his pain outside the gate.

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  6. Earl was one of the nicest guy you could ever meet. He did some work for Me and my wife. The kids loved to see him coming, he would bring his dog Hot Shot. We will miss seeing him. Love and Prayers For The Family💖🙏

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