The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 18, 2014

William "Willie" Osborn

MIAMI, Okla. — William E "Willie" Osborn, 79, of Miami, Okla., died on Feb. 16, 2014, after a brief illness.

He was born in Commerce, Okla., on Nov. 27, 1934, to Jesse Charles and Nola Ethel (Keithley) Osborn. Willie graduated from Miami High School after attending school in Commerce, Picher, and Tahlequah, Okla. He then attended and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. After finishing college, Willie married Zella Jane Mabon, his high school sweetheart, and they began a life-long partnership committed to their family, faith, profession and the city of Miami.

Willie and Jane relocated to their hometown of Miami in November of 1958, when he returned to Wiley Rexall Drug. He established Osborn Drugs, Inc in 1971. His son, Bill, later joined him in the business and became his partner. Osborn Drugs now partners with 17 individuals at 25 pharmacy locations. Over the years, Willie supported independent pharmacy as a board member and President of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma and the American College of Apothecaries. He received recognition from many pharmacy organizations including the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Bowl of Hygeia Award. Willie was also named the National Community Pharmacists Association Outstanding Independent Pharmacist of 2010.

Willie passionately supported the community of Miami, downtown Miami, the Miami Public School System and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He willingly served as an active member and leader in many community organizations. The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Impact Award and the Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation recognized him as its Outstanding Alumni. Osborn served as Chair of the Miami Downtown Redevelopment Authority, co-chair of Miami's 75th Anniversary Committee, and co-chair of Miami's 100th Anniversary Committee. Over the years he enjoyed supporting youth, education, sports,  music, drama and art programs throughout the community. Willie spearheaded the 25 year effort to restore the historic Coleman Theatre Beautiful in downtown Miami.  

Willie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Miami for57 years where he enjoyed singing in the choir with Jane. Over the years, Willie served as the Chair of most church committees including the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, the Family Life Committee and the Building Committee. Willie also served the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church as a member of the Board of Pensions and Insurance.  

Willie was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Charles Osborn; his mother, Nola Ethel (Keithley) Osborn; and his sister, Kathryn "Kay" Osborn Carneal.

He is survived by his wife, Zella Jane (Mabon) Osborn, of the home; his sons, Mark Osborn, MD and his wife, Elaine, Clark Osborn, MD and his wife, Sara, Bill Osborn, PharmD and his wife, Jane and Matt Osborn, MD and his wife, Lauri, all of Miami; and his daughter, Amy Osborn, JD, of Frisco, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Allison, Kabeth, Katie, Maggie, Kelley, Madeline, Christopher, Paige, Ben, Hannah, Mollie, Jack and Abby; as well as great-granddaughter, Kirah.  

A memorial service celebrating Osborn's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Miami, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, immediately followed by interment at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, under the direction of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Miami. A reception and visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, also at the First United Methodist Church in Miami.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the First United Methodist Church in Miami, or any other charity where it will "do the most good".

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