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Wilburn J. Bilbrey, 84, of Hawcreek Blvd, died at 3 a.m., Friday, July 4th, at his home.
Wilburn was born April 30, 1930 in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, the son of Lanze and Opal Mae Price Bennett. He married Delores Patricia Pryor October 15, 1949.
Wilburn, born W.J. Bilbrey, moved to Columbus in his late teens. He was employed at Stadler Packing Company for 35 years and a founding member of the Brown County Community Church at Helmsburg.
His children said they knew all their lives that they were lucky kids to have a dad like W.J. Bilbrey.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Calling will be from 11 a.m. to service time at funeral home. In keeping with his wishes, cremation will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center, 2420 7th Street, Columbus, IN. 47201.
Survivors include a son, Jim (Cindy) Bilbrey of Columbus; daughters, Carol (Ken) Firman of New Hampshire; Sheila (Patti) Hammond of Indianapolis; Julie (James) Miller of Bloomington; brothers, Grady Bilbrey of Red Boiling Spring, Tenn.; Bobby Bilbrey of Greenwood; sisters, Judy Wilham of Greenwood, Mildred Copas, Ona Pryor, Nina Kirby and Willa Dean Ferguson, all of Red Boiling Springs; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grand daughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Carlos Bilbrey; sisters, Goldie Coons, Wilma Raffauf, Ella May Cherry.
Services were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.
You are invited to view his video tribute after 11 a.m. Monday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.
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