Joe Clark Osburn Jr.

Published 3:13 pm Monday, June 16, 2014

Joe Clark Osburn Jr., 52, of Linden, died Tuesday, June 10 at DCH Regional Medical Center.

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 14 at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Linden with Chad Ward officiating and O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He is survived by his daughter, Nicki Smith of Selma; son, Brandon (Hillary) Smith of Albuquerque, N.M.; father, Joe Osbur, Sr. of Myrtlewood; mother, Alma Osburn of Linden; sister, Angela Reynolds of Jefferson; granddaughters, Maddie Smith of Selma and Lottie Smith of Albuquerque, N.M.; as well as many other family members and friends.

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Serving as pallbearers were Brandon Smith, Cody Cross, Chase Palmer, Denny Baynham, Van Wilhite, Matthew McGilberry, John Michael Stephens and Brandon Paulk. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the men’s Sunday school class at Forest Hill Baptist Church.

Osburn was born in Meridian, Miss., and worked as an LPN for several years. He later moved to Linden where he opened a roofing and construction business. He was a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church where he rededicated his life to the Lord and was baptized.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but most of all, he enjoyed helping other people. He was a member of the Marengo County Fire and Rescue Squad for many years and served as assistant chief.

He was the dependable guy who would come out at any time of the day or night to help someone in need, whether friend or stranger. It did not matter if it was an emergency medical call, a wreck, a fire call or whatever it may be. Clark was there to give it his all.

He faced his illness with an optimistic attitude, stating that whether he was here on Earth with his family and friends or in Heaven with his Lord and savior, he was in a win-win situation.

Marengo County Fire and Rescue Squad, Forest Hill Baptist Church and anyone who knew him have been truly blessed to know this special man. If he was here today, he would tell all of us who loved him, “Don’t worry about me. I’m home, and it’s all good.”

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