Eugene Tracy Osborne, 81, of North Wilkesboro, better known as “Pop Pop,” passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Fairplains Baptist Church, with Pastor David Dyer, Pastor Chris Johnson and the Rev. Tim Pruitt officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the honor guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142, will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family received friends from 6 until 8 Monday evening at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mr. Osborne was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Wilkes County to Sam and Mary Ann Collins Osborne. He retired from Wilkes Telephone Company and was a member of Fairplains Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Myrtle Byrd, Clara Bates, Irene Dameron and two infants, and five brothers, Donald, Howard, James, DeWitt and Gary Osborne.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Elizabeth Brooks Osborne; a daughter, Karen Osborne Smith and husband, Keith, of Traphill; two grandchildren, Tabitha Smith Hudler and husband, Lonnie “Jason” Hudler and Dustin Keith Smith and wife, Monica Rhoades Smith; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Mantle Hudler, Karlee McKenzi Smith and Jaycee Mae Smith; a brother, Johnny Osborne and wife, Linda, of Ennice; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be C.M. Shumate, Gary Smith, Ray Miles, Chuck Cox, Larry Taylor, Jimmy Brooks, Dustin Smith and Jason Hudler. Honorary Pallbearer will be Tyler M. Hudler.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Fairplains Baptist Church, 141 Fairplains Church Street, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659; Autism Speaks, 8604 Cliff Cameron Drive #144, Charlotte, N.C. 28269; or Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, N.C. 27017.

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