Wilburn Overstreet Obituary

Wilburn Overstreet

Wilburn Overstreet made his much desired and long awaited flight to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 9, 2016.  He had fervently prayed for the 

Lord to allow him to come home and now his faith has ended in sight.  


Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Gorman with Bro. Barry Schahn officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakland



James Wilburn Overstree was born on April 24, 1916 in Gorman, Texas to D. F. and Mary B. (Wells) Overstreet.  He was part of a large loving family who worked

together and enjoyed family fun.  His parents moved to Texas from Mississippi and Wilburn spent all of his 99 years 10 months and 15 days in Texas, mainly in the

Gorman area.  His siblings who called him Buddy were: Sherman, Leland, Annis, Delbert, Virgil, Mary Lee, Eddie,

Billy and Robbie.


Wilburn married Ruby Christine Kinser on December 3, 1938.  They were the most devoted of couples, spending little time apart during their fifty-five

years together until Ruby’s death in 1993.  They raised their sons, Neil Kinser and James Gary on their farm in the house they built, teaching them

to work hard and to “act as good as you look.”  Wilburn and Ruby trusted in the Lord in raising their children and in raising peanut crops during good years and

bad, drought and rain.  Of course they had cows, chickens, and some really fine gardens and watermelons and cantaloupes, fruit and pecans, always sharing their

produce with others.  Wilburn also worked as a carpenter helping his brothers-in-law, the Kinsers, build houses around the Gorman area and the Gorman hospital. 

He was a very strong man physically but was even stronger in his faith in the Lord.


Wilburn was a faithful member of Gorman First Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon.  He was honored to be  named deacon emeritus.

Other churches he loved and served were Midway Baptist and Cheney Baptist.  While not formally educated, he knew the Bible and was obedient to God’s teachings and

was not shy about sharing his faith and the plan of salvation.  Especially in his last days he was focused on the one way to heaven through the shed blood of Jesus. 

As he said so many time, his ticket to heaven was paid for, and he was ready to go.  He was a prayer warrior and he lifted to the Lord his family, his church family, and

friends for whom he cared so much.


Wilburn was a “people person” who loved visiting.  All of his conversations revolved around his growing up years, farming peanuts, family, and the Bible. 

While he did not have an easy life, he made the best of it , did all he could do, and trusted the rest to God.  As Ruby’s health failed, he learned to care for her special

needs, enabling her to be at home.  He experienced the death of his grandson James Neil in 1989, the death of his son, Neil from cancer in 2009, and the deaths of all

his siblings except his youngest brother, Robbie.  He managed with the help of exceptional neighbors, his family, his church and friends to live by himself for the last

23 years of his life.  He was a man of the old school whose likes will not be seen again.


Missing his earthly presence but rejoicing in his home going are his brother, Robbie of Fort Worth; his son, Gary of Kermit; granddaughters Kara Walker of Fort Worth,

Jennifer Overstreet and son, Eli Martinez of Kermit, and Sara Overstreet and daughter, Aryann Cook of Gorman; daughters-in-law, Karen Overstreet of Madisonville and

Martha Overstreet of Gorman.  Very dear to him also are the many nieces and nephews of the Overstreet and Kinser clans who called him Uncle Buddy.


The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Miller for his devoted and compassionate care through the years and the nurses of Comanche Hospital and the De Leon

Nursing Home for their care in recent days.  We also appreciated the special care of Christal Cogburn and Kristi Taylor and many other nurses from home health agencies.  


We would like to give special honor and appreciation to Ron and Sandra McCormick for their love, devotion and tireless care.  More than a good neighbor, Ron was like a

third son to Wilburn and the main reason Wilburn was able to live at home as he desired for as long as he did.