He was born July 1, 1918 in Fitzgerald, to Olen Effie Osborne and Bessie Frances Farnell Osborne, spent most of his life in Jacksonville, Florida, and had been in Rabun County for past 32 years. He was the widower of Willie Ray Osborne. Mr. Osborne was a printer by trade. He served with the First Cavalry Division in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action. He was a member of the Persimmon Baptist Church. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Willie Ray Osborne, in 2006; two sisters, Effie Louise Zigler and Ella Elizabeth Mauldin; two brothers, Alford Lomax Osborne and Harry Johnson Osborne, all of Jacksonville, Florida. He is survived by children, Frances Joanne Meuse, Raymond Lloyd Osborne and James W. Osborne, Jr.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and four great-great-great grandchildren.
Memorial services were 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. James Wright officiating. Cremation followed the service.
The family is at home on Persimmon Road.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.