Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)


December 5, 2012

John David Wilburn


04-19-12 — John David Wilburn, 69, of Ashland, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at his residence.

He was born January 13, 1943, in Fultz in Carter County, a son of the late Lymon and Mary Riggs Wilburn.

John was a retired Army Veteran of 21 years, serving three years in Vietnam as a combat medic. He was a Physician Assistant with an associate degree from Baylor University. He retired from the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C., treating veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was an avid sports fan and a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen Elwood Wilburn and Lymon “Punky” Wilburn Jr.

His survivors include his wife of over 42 years, Sharon Kiser Wilburn of Ashland; a daughter, Johna (Mike) Vertrees of Elizabethtown; a son, Greg Wilburn of Louisville; two sisters, Suzanne Whitt of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Margret Nolen of Grayson; one brother, James Paul Wilburn of Grayson; two grandchildren, DeAndra (Dwight) Mills and Michael Vertrees; one great-grandson, Evan Robert Mills; his constant companions, Sophie and Wendy; and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Malone Funeral Home in Grayson with the Rev. Mark Kloha, minister. Burial will be in the Ison Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1320 Bath Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.  

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