Max Osborne

Visitation will be held at Shelton Funeral Home in Trenton today from 4-8 p.m. and services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Trenton Oakland Cemetery immediately after the service.
Mr. Osborne was the son of the late Ed and Cora Belle (Stephens) Osborne of Rives. He graduated from Union City High School in 1938 and served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps from October 1942 to December 1945. He attended West Tennessee Business College in Memphis before serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II.
Upon his discharge, Mr. Osborne came back to Union City, where he sold insurance. Later, he started a trucking business hauling grain and corn from Obion County to Columbus, Miss. During this time, he became a member of the Young Farmers and Homemakers of Tennessee and served as president of this organization. In 1948, Mr. Osborne started his career with Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. of Jackson, Miss., and later was instrumental in helping to start Tennessee Farm Bureau, serving as supervisor for the West Tennessee District. He worked in this position until his retirement in 1985.
He loved the Lord Jesus and was an active member of the former Rives United Methodist Church, serving as superintendent, Sunday school teacher, song leader, secretary, deacon and treasurer.
Mr. Osborne was married to the former Ruth Holmes of Trenton June 16, 1951, and they resided in Rives until moving to Trenton in September of 2000.
Max Osborne unconditionally loved people and spent much of his time and energy investing in and nurturing these life long relationships. He was actively involved with his grandchildren and their activities and always sought any opportunity to take them fishing. From his parents, he learned to sing and enjoy many types of music. As a young adult, he became interested in various types of dancing, such as ballroom and square dancing, and was delighted to pass this passion on to his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Osborne was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Cora Belle Osborne; his brother, William Glenn Osborne; and his sisters, Ola (Osborne) Reeves, Mamie (Osborne) Woody, and La Nelle (Osborne) Emery.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ruth (Holmes) Osborne; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jennie and Carson Looney of Memphis, Mary Lynn and Dr. Mark Harper of Trenton and Carol and Dr. Philip Furr of Memphis; five grandchildren and the spouse of one, Lindsay (Harper) and Chris Jakubauskas of Nashville, Peyton Harper of Trenton, Elizabeth Looney of Nashville, Nicholas Looney of Knoxville and Clayton Furr of Memphis; and his brother, Roy S. Osborne of Rives.
The Osborne family sincerely appreciates the prayers and kindness of Max’s many friends. He was blessed with a long and happy life, rich friendships and a loving and generous heart for which his family will always be grateful. He loved the Lord and lived his life as an open book because “your life might be the only book someone might read.”

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