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Lynn Raymond Wilbur


Lynn Raymond Wilbur, 76, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson.

Born in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of the late Frank Curtis Wilbur and Sarah Elisabeth Secor. He spent his childhood growing up in Lake Junaluska, NC and later moved to West Virginia to attend West Virginia State University where he received a Bachelors Degree in History and Political Science. He later attended Methodist Theological School in Ohio where he received a Masters Degree in Divinity. He served as a Pastor in West Virginia for 10 years and then transferred into the Virginia Annual Conference. He was a Pastor for 38 years before retiring. He was active in the community and served as a volunteer fireman and an EMT. He was also a Boy Scout Leader as an Eagle Scout and attended National Scout Jamborees in Colorado, New Mexico and Virginia. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Club in Franklinton, NC where he used the call number “N8EBM” to talk to people all over the world.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:45 at Grey Rock United Methodist Church.

Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Sharp Wilbur, two sons, Lee Wilbur of Kittrell, Christopher Wilbur of Kittrell, one daughter, Carrie Wilbur Hoyle (Will) of Kittrell ,a brother, Curtis Wilbur (Janice)of Lexington, Virginia, a sister, Susan Wara of Mammoth Junction, New Jersey and five grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kelly Wilbur, Stella Watkins, and Sarah and Baden Hoyle. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM at Grey Rock United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Flowers are accepted and memorials may be made to ACIM, Grey Rock United Methodist Church and St. Stephens Episcopal Church.


  • Beverly Kerr Posted September 18, 2019 4:24 am

    Dear Phyllis & Family,

    I am so very sorry to learn this news. My sincerest condolences to you all. I will always remember Lynn as a friend from our days at METHESCO in Ohio. Sending hugs & prayers as you grieve.


  • ROBIN COMBS Posted September 18, 2019 4:25 am

    My dear cousin Phyllis, Sadly I will not be able to attend. Please accept my condolences to you and the family. I know the Lord was waiting to give him his healthy body once again. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

  • Doug Flory Posted September 18, 2019 4:25 am

    A great man and a good and faithful servant!

  • Anita Spotz Barry Posted September 19, 2019 4:25 am

    Remembering with fondness the years Lynn ministered at Jeffersonton United Methodist Church. I could relate with Lynn! He was so good with people! Warm thoughts to the family during this time.

  • JoAnn Twiggs Posted September 19, 2019 4:26 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the lost of your love one. I pray for your strength. May God give you all that you stand in need of.

  • OHP Cabot Posted September 24, 2019 4:27 am

    Of all the pastors I have known over the past 50-plus years, Lynn was the one who appealed to me the best, and from who I gained the most. He had a uniquely broad background in real life experience (assembly line, forced Catholic school for two years, Army, ham radio, Boy Scouts, a bent for history, philosophy and political science, rural congregations, relating to all types of communities, including A-A; and was genuinely ecumenical having served with Presbyterian, Lutheran, and even Jewish clergy). He invested his homilies with examples to reach the most.

    We could speak academically of Biblical passages, contradictions and conflicts. Lynn was a realist. He illustrated how to bridge the dichotomies in church and society. I was sad to see him reassigned after six years, but he had shown me the way.

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