He was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Ashe County to the late Emory Lillard and Diadma Price Osborne.
Mr. Osborne was the owner/operator of the Mocksville Shell for 22 years and had also worked at the I-40 BP gas station from 1985 - 2003. He attended Calvary Baptist Church and Hope Baptist Church. Mr. Osborne was an avid Tarheel and N.Y Yankees fan and enjoyed traveling to his home in the mountains. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a very courteous businessman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Gina Renee Osborne; four sisters, Grace Roark, Hattie Berry, Juanita Crumbley and Lois Phillips; and three brothers, Cecil, Fred and Joe Osborne.
Mr. Osborne is survived by his wife of 62 years, Imogene Phillips Osborne of the home; four daughters, Linda Kathleen Osborne Bocian and husband Ben of Pawleys Island, S.C., Jean Elaine Osborne Smith and husband Jeff of Wrightsville Beach, Tina Lovetta Osborne Phelps and husband Jack of Mocksville and Aline Anita Osborne Reavis and husband Dink of Yadkinville; four grandchildren, Jason Phelps and wife Julie, Tanya Landreth and husband Chad, Benji Bocian and Caleb Reavis; two great-grandchildren, Hayley Landreth and Raney Phelps; a sister, Emma McCoy and husband Hugh of West Jefferson; and a brother, Ray Osborne of Oregon.
A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Eaton Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in Rose Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Eaton Funeral Home. The family asks that memorials be considered for American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-2482; or Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Online condolences may be made at www.eatonfuneralservice.com