“The Leader of the Band is tired, And his eyes are growing old, His blood runs through our instruments, And his song is in our soul, Our life has been a poor attempt, To imitate the man – We are a living legacy to the Leader of the Band”
Bobby D. Wilburn passed away Sunday July 24, 2005 at his home in Ripplemead. He was born on August 16, 1932 at Maybrook to the late Cecil Burk Wilburn and Katherine Ellen Martin Wilburn. An only child, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife of forty-seven years, Cora (Betty) Martin Wilburn and six children, their spouses and children: Michael and Deb of Greensboro, NC, Jared and Leslie of Roanoke, Toni and Frank, Marki and Sue, Andy and Vicky Lynn and Lori all of Ripplemead; he was a beloved Paw Paw to Miciayla, Taylor, Laekan, Hayley, Luke, Katie, Brevin, Matison, and Ellie. He was a retired school teacher with the Giles County School System. He taught at Pembroke High School the last year it was open and continued at Giles High School for the next thirty-six years where he cherished his students and players as if they were his own. While there he taught biology, drivers ed, coached various sports including football, basketball, several regional golf titles, and Giles’ first district championship in baseball. He also worked with the Pearisburg Recreation Dept. for many years. He served our country in the Army being stationed in Alaska during the Korean War. He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) serving in many positions at both the local and district levels. Music was a major part of his life. Many will remember “Wilburn and Dowdy” and his later performing at shows and various functions with his family. He will be remembered as a very good friend, counselor, coach, musician and loving husband and father who loved nothing more that playing his guitar around the campfire, sitting on the porch or riding in the country with his “sweet wife, Betty”.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 4:00 PM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Rt. 460 in Pembroke with Bishop Cantrall Martin presiding. Burial will follow in the Kire Community Cemetery in his beloved Alleghany Hills. The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 PM. The family suggests that that memorial contributions be made to The Bobby Wilburn Scholarship Fund in care of Kim Tilley, Giles High School, 1825 Wenonah Ave., Pearisburg, VA 24134. The Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke is in charge of arrangements.