Our Lord welcomed his child, Junior James Orsburn, and carried him in his loving arms to his heavenly prepared home on Oct. 22, 2012.
Junior was the son of the late Benjamin and Madge Shipman Orsburn. He was born on April 9, 1930, in Upshur County, the Excelsior community.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret Zickefoose Orsburn; one son, Timothy Mark Orsburn and wife, Debbie, of Buckhannon, the Lick Run community; one daughter, Tamela Grace and husband, Patrick, of the Century community, Buckhannon; one grandson, Timothy Mark Orsburn Jr. of Morgantown; one granddaughter, Matasha and husband, Nicholas Weaver, of French Creek; one stepgrandson, Bryan Snyder and wife, Amanda, of the Hampton community, Buckhannon; one stepgranddaughter, Jennifer and husband, David Boggs, of Buckhannon; and four stepgreat-granddaughters, Emily, Kayla, Sara and Jesse Boggs, all of Buckhannon. He is also survived by one brother, Earle and wife, Mabelean Orsburn, of Stonewood; several nieces and nephews; and hundreds of friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Wanetta Orsburn, Alta Holden and Elsie McCartney; and three brothers, Harrison, Ralph and John Orsburn, all of Upshur County.
Junior was a dedicated member of Sand Run Baptist Church, serving his Lord as Sunday school superintendent, head trustee, and deacon. He was a carpenter by trade, building several houses in the Buckhannon area, and was Mr. Fix it at the church. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955. He enjoyed life, was never idle, loved the outdoors, walking with Matthea, the family's German Shepard, gardening, hunting and fishing. He certainly was a Gentle Giant.
Friends will be received Friday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sand Run Baptist Church. A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Donald Butcher officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Run Baptist Church Cemetery at Excelsior. Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663, Frank B. Bartlett Post 7 American Legion and Disabled American Veterans Chapters 5 and 36 will conduct military honors at the graveside.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.