Cleo Chelsie Perkins Osborne

Published 9:18 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cleo Chelsie Perkins Osborne, 94, 615 North Pickens Bridge Road, Piney Flats, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., after many years of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born May 24, 1921 near Butler, Tenn., in Johnson County. She lived most of her life in Piney Flats.
Mrs. Osborne was the daughter of the late Robert and Ester Wagner Perkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace James Osborne, after almost 65 years of marriage, and their 18-month-old son, Paul James Osborne; one sister; Nell Forrester; and four brothers, Elbert, Ernest, Odis and Leroy Perkins.
Mrs. Osborne was an active member of Piney Flats First Baptist Church until her illness. She loved working in Vacation Bible School for almost 50 years.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Johnson and husband Marvin “Buck,” of Piney Flats; one son, Bobby Osborne and wife Shirley of Princeton, W.Va.; two grandsons, Marvin Johnson Jr. of Piney Flats and Bobby Osborne II of Johnson City; one brother, Robert Perkins Jr. of Elizabethton; one sister, Nova Lee Hatch of Yucca Valley, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend special thanks to three nieces for their loving care, Janie Sams and husband Eddie, Janie Archer and Adella Bardon.
A service to honor the life of Mrs. Osborne will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 5, at Piney Flats First Baptist Church with Dr. Allen Davis and the Rev. Frank Osborne officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service, or at her daughter’s residence, 571 North Pickens Bridge Road, Piney Flats, anytime. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 10, at Edgefield Cemetery, Piney Flats. Those who wish to attend are requested to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Sams, John Swonger, Dean Torbett, Anthony Johnson, Jacob Bury, Bobby Osborne, Bobby Osborne II, Marvin “Buck” Johnson and Marvin Johnson Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Stevens, Jim Sanders and Carl “Buddy” Rash. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the Piney Flats First Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 Cherry Street, Piney Flats, TN 37686. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guestbook.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City, is serving the Osborne family. Office: (423) 538-7131. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

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