David Marion Osborne, 73

Published 4:13 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

David Marion Osborne, age 73, of Pineville, KY, passed away on November 24, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Betty Osborne. Left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife Marilou “Piddle” Grace Osborne, sons Benjamin David Osborne of Lexington, KY,  Johnathan Matthew Osborne and wife Alison of Chattanooga, TN,  step-son Brooks Keith Johnson of Kirkland,  WA,  Aunt Bobbie Drummond Brooks, cousins like brothers and their spouses, Sillis and Brenda Brooks, Josh Brooks, Murrell and Cynthia Davis all of Middlesboro, KY, Bob and Sarizel Brooks of Tazewell, TN, Karen and Dennis Schuler of Big Stone Gap, VA, sister-in-law Sharon “Shay” Grace, Pineville, a host of family, friends, and neighbors, the staff at Bell County Public Library District, and his beloved dogs Casper, Little Bit, and Maxx. David was an accomplished pianist and organist who graduated in 1967 from Powell Valley High School in Wise County, VA, played for school assemblies and Glee Club, weddings, as Church musician and for friends. David was an only child, born on December 2, 1949 at Pineville Community Hospital. He was a devoted son to John Solomon and Betty Jo Drummond Osborne.  He grew up in Four Mile, KY surrounded by grandparents, cousins and loving family and attended Lone Jack Schools.  He was saved at an early age by his faith in his Lord Jesus Christ at Riverside Baptist Church where he often cleaned the church and enjoyed using his musical gifts to play for church services, weddings and funerals. His family moved to Big Stone Gap, VA, where David attended and graduated from Powell Valley School system in Wise County, VA.  He attended Mountain Empire Junior College during this time. In 1969, he married Brenda Marie Cole Osborne. David and Brenda moved to Lexington, KY in 1970, where they both attended UK and had two sons, Matthew and Benjamin. David graduated from the University of KY with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began his career working for Kentucky Utilities.  The family moved several times as David advanced in his career. Along the way he designed and with other family members built their own houses. His family moved to Middlesboro, KY where David helped his father and mother design and build their “dream home.”  David was an expert craftsman especially working with wood – installing beautiful solid oak floors with walnut pegs, making fireplace mantles, mirrors, and various furniture for his family.  He also excelled at taking raw blocks of wood and turning bowls and crafting other items, which were displayed and sold in Berea, KY. David married Melissa Rowlette in 2015. David married Marilou Grace Osborne in 2019. David was insatiably curious. He was an inventor, a tinkerer, and a published author, having published TWENTY  in 2019, an avid outdoorsman and a collector of many items. His side businesses included repairing watches as The Clock Doc and custom picture framing. His many other hobbies included photography, fast cars, Harleys, cooking, stereos, bicycling and golf. David also enjoyed traveling to the beaches of South Carolina, Florida, Mexico, and Hawaii.  He enjoyed Biltmore Estate, Broadway Shows, New York City and a recent river cruise in Europe. David served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, KY and was a current member of the First Baptist Church of Pineville, KY. He enjoyed a long career as an electrical engineer and design consultant for Kentucky Utilities, KU-LGE, Duke Power, Georgia Power and Light and other companies. David was a great lover of animals and enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels, but his greatest love was for the dogs he had as pets throughout his life.  He kept dog treats in his car to stop and feed dogs in the neighborhood and wherever he met them. He was incredibly generous with his time and resources, supporting the Fellowship of Christians and Jews and many other charities. He frequently took a homeless man to eat with him instead of just giving money, and on one cold night, he took off his jacket and gave it to a homeless man at Cracker Barrel. David was an amazing person.  He suffered from several medical issues throughout his life. The suddenness of his death and tragic loss of life do not negate the generosity of his soul, his love for the Lord, and the many gifts he shared so freely with others. At David’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2023 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Pineville, KY. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Friends of Shelter of Bell County (P.O. Box 1534, Middlesboro, KY 40965) to honor David’s love of dogs, the First Baptist Church of Pineville’s Food Pantry (P.O. Box 67, Pineville, KY 40977), which was dear to David’s heart, or to Mental Health America of Kentucky (mhaky.com).

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