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Harold Dean Wilborn, 84

Harold Dean Wilborn, 84 of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed from this life into the arms of his Lord after a long illness while surrounded by his family and friends on May 29, 2017. He was born on February 1, 1933 in Topeka, Kansas to the late Albert and Opal Wilborn. Dean faithfully served in the United State Airforce from 1950 to 1972. He served two tours in Korea, one tour in Vietnam before his retirement. Dean entered into Civil Service and served from 12 years managing USAF clubs throughout the county. He later retired from Civil Service in 1988 but continued to work as a civilian with the NAF at Little Rock Air Force base. His third and final retirement came in 1994 from NAF.

Dean had a passion for serving his county and after his final retirement, he turned his energy and love to volunteering. He spent six years as the Volunteer Director at the Jacksonville Care Channel for the Needy. Dean had a dream to build a new facility to better serve Jacksonville and he worked tirelessly until that dream was accomplished. He was intensely devoted to his wife and he also joined her in volunteering at North Metro Hospital in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Dean was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville for over 20 years and volunteered in many areas at the church as well. He and his wife were also long time members of the Prime Time Christians Life Group.

Dean is survived by his wife, Nancy Wilborn; two sons, Ric and Dean Wilborn; seven grandchildren, Kari, Michael, Bailey, Kaden, Dillon, Noah and Seth; great-grandchildren, Andrue, Owen and Lilly; nephew Wayne Cornish; special girls, Coryn Romer and Ryan Anne Burns; and a host of other family and friends.

He is also preceded in death by his son, Rob and brother Richard.

Dean was a force of nature; his humor and dignity leaves our hearts warm. He lived and loved with a passion.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville and his urn will be placed at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock at a later date as he wished.


  • Charlene Colaw Posted May 31, 2017 11:35 AM

    Nancy and family, my heart aches for you. Dean (Mr. Wilborn) as I always called him was a much loved man by all of us that knew him and worked for him and knew him later, after he left NAF. He was bigger than life and a force to be reckoned with when he believed in something. I am sorry to hear of his passing but I am glad he is with God and no longer suffering. May God wrap you in his arms and help you through this time and be assured that you will be with him again.

  • Sandy Cobb Posted May 31, 2017 3:42 PM

    Nancy and family I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Trudy hall Posted May 31, 2017 3:57 PM

    So sorry to hear about Dean. May God comfort you and your family. Ernie and Trudy Hall

  • Marjorie Hooper Posted May 31, 2017 4:07 PM

    Nancy, I am sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Karen Schirmer Posted May 31, 2017 7:31 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and always so happy and pleasant. He was inspiring.

  • Dianne Harvey Posted May 31, 2017 7:52 PM

    My Dear Sweet Nancy, I am so sorry he is gone. Mom (Dorothy Wright) always thought so much of you both. I bet the two of them are chatting away right now, discussing what they can do to help Heaven be Heaven. Much love to you.

  • Kathy Helmer Posted May 31, 2017 10:05 PM

    Sending comforting hugs and prayers!

  • Angie valentine Posted June 1, 2017 1:44 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Pete and Charlotte Sisson Posted June 1, 2017 5:56 AM

    Our prayers are with the whole family,

  • Larry Zaitz Posted June 1, 2017 7:28 AM

    Nancy and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very special person in many ways to a lot of people. Especially to his family. May God bless you and your family in the coming days.

  • Dorothy Connelly Posted June 1, 2017 9:05 AM

    Nancy, my heart is aching for you and your family in your loss of Dean.

  • Scott and Kim Allen Posted June 1, 2017 10:24 AM

    Nancy and family, we have known you for so short of time but we feel a closeness to you and the love that you have of our Jesus , volunteering to the community and the love of the military community. Dean rejoice with our Lord.

  • Joan Harton Posted June 1, 2017 10:46 AM

    Ms.Nancy, our hearts are so saddened to hear of your loss. Anna and I send many hugs and love. God Bless.

  • Taylor Carlisle McGrew Posted June 1, 2017 2:10 PM

    Dean was always one of my favorite faces to see in church. To know him was to love him! Ill never forget his jolly laugh and warm hugs. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Brenda Thornhill Posted June 1, 2017 10:33 PM

    My Uncle who loved the Lord and his family. Not only did he tell us – he showed us. Oh how I will miss you💔 Prayers Aunt Nancy that God wraps His loving arms around you and carries you through this.

  • Nancy Wilborn Posted June 30, 2017 1:28 PM

    Thank you everyone for your prayers and hugs. Love to you all Nancy

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