Dr. Ronnie Wilburn Sr. (9-17-17) service 9-20-17

Dr. Ronnie Joseph Wilburn Sr. went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, Sept. 17. He died peacefully at his home after an extended illness.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1948, to Ruth and Harry Wilburn.
Ronnie was called into the ministry at the age of 15. He graduated from Delta State University with a Bachelors degree in education, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Divinity, and received his Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as pastor to churches in Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee, and was pastor of First Baptist Church of Clifton from 1970-1974. His last pastorate was Meridian Baptist Church, where he served for more than 20 years, and remained as Pastor Emeritus until time of death. He was also former Director of Missions in Shelby County, former president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and served on various boards of the Tennessee Southern Baptist Convention.
He is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Barbara Harkey Wilburn, originally of Clifton; children, Angela Bryant, Shana Taylor (Jon) and Joey Wilburn (Melanie); grandchildren, Samuel Ross, Rheagan Wilburn; bonus grandchildren, Lauren, Zach and Adam (Lauren) Taylor, Dusty Wolverton (Lakelyn); and one bonus great-grandchild, Eliana Wolverton. He is also survived by his brothers, Rev. Bobby Wilburn (Sharon) and Ricky Wilburn (Trudy); sister-in-law, Linda (Larry) Bowling; brother-in-laws, David Harkey of Waynesboro and Jim Harkey of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, and many nephews, nieces and aunts.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m., at Meridian Baptist Church.
The family requests memorials be directed to Meridian Baptist Church, American Heart Association or Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.
Arrangements by George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Jackson, Tennessee.

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