Birdie Wilburn

Funeral Services for Birdie Mae Wilburn, 94, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the services from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

She died Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Wilburn was born January 1, 1916 in Lexington, TN, the daughter of George W. and Anna Jane (King) Small.

She  attended Montgomery High School, Lexington, TN and was a graduate of the Madame C.J. Walker College of Beauty.

Mrs. Wilburn was a member of the Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a mother of the church and at one time served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary.  She was a member of the Montgomery Alumni Association, American Legion Auxiliary-Argonne Post, the Friendship Club, and a life member of the N.A.A.C.P.

She was active in the Community Chest.  She was involved in many philanthropic activities supporting charitable and nonprofit organizations.

Mrs. Wilburn is survived by two sons, Howard J. Wilburn, Lawrence, KS and Del E. Wilburn, Topeka, KS; two daughters, Joyce E. Haile Selassie, Lawrence, KS, and Vicki L. Wilburn, Gainesville, TX; a sister, Inez Flakes, Lexington, TN; one granddaughter, Dr. Tsion E. Haile Selassie, Gainesville, TX; and two great grandchildren, William and Noah Malé, Gainsville, TX.

The family suggests memorials to the United Negro College Fund and may be sent in care of  the mortuary.

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  1. Emily Schalansky on July 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Howard and family –

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Lloyd and Connie Northrop on July 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Howard, We want to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family during this time of grief. Keep the happy memories close to your heart.

  3. Vince Brown on July 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. The celebration of her life will go on. You’ll be in my prayers.

  4. Roberta Wirth and Douglas McCandless on July 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Howard,
    Mac and I are sorry for your loss. We hope your many happy memories offset your loss. Thinking of you.

  5. Ron Scott on July 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hi Del;
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of you mother please except my condolences. Drop me a line to let me know how you are doing. Take care

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