James Wilburn
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Obituary of James Wilburn

James Richard Wilburn, age 91, of Dearborn Heights, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 at St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Wilburn, his parents, four brothers: Clarence, John, Eugene, Stanley and Robert and his three sisters: Mary Ellen, Delana and Beatrice Ann.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his only daughter Debra (Leonard) Haden, his grandchildren: Rachel Beasley, Rebekah Haden, Naomi Haden and Benjamin Haden and many extended family members and friends.

James Richard Wilburn was born on August 7, 1926 in Anstead, West Virginia. He was one of nine children born from the union of the late Kurtbert Wilburn and the late Goldie (Neal) Wilburn.

James married the love of his life, Marguerite Eastman on May 17, 1947 in Fayetteville, West Virginia. From this union, came the birth of their only daughter, Debra. He perfected the term “yes dear” and loved his wife with everything he had until her passing in August of 2015. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and the perfect grandfather. He was loved by all and will be missed by many.

He was known for his happy personality, an occasional funny joke and whistling or singing any chance he could. He was a veritable Jack of All Trades and master of them all. His favorite place to be was at the Wm R. Starr Camp in Marshall, Michigan and went there every summer for 29 years. James took his walk with God seriously and his life exemplified his Christianity. He was active in many aspects of church ministry serving as Song Leader, Sunday School Director, Church Board Member and anywhere there was a need. He was a faithful supporter and was always the first to volunteer for any project whether it was building a church or remodeling a facility. His expertise was sought out by many churches throughout Michigan. He never refused to help when he was able. Any challenge that he met could usually be figured out by a good night’s rest. He has left an indelible mark upon the lives of many younger men as well as their sons. He was a man’s man and a great teacher of how to be all that God calls you to be. The impact that he has had in this life is immeasurable.

Friends may gather on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 3:00pm until 8:00 pm at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, MI 48162 (734)384-5185. He will lie in state on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Gracepoint United Pentecostal Church 2535 North Monroe Street, Monroe MI 48162. A Celebration of His Life will take place at 12:00pm also at Gracepoint United Pentecostal Church with a luncheon to take place following the service. Entombment will take place at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, MI.

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