Claude S. “Will” Wilburn, Jr.

Published 4:37 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

Claude S. “Will” Wilburn, Jr.

November 3, 1943 – February 14, 2018


Claude S. “Will” Wilburn, Jr., 74, of Climax, Ga., formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Brown officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 155, Bainbridge, Ga. 39818.

Claude Swanson Wilburn, Jr. was born November 3, 1943 in Washington D.C., the son of Claude Swanson Wilburn Sr. and Maude Hardy Swanson. He was a graduate of Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Will retired from Cincinnati Power Company as a lineman. He moved to Southwest Georgia in 1999 and attended Bainbridge First United Methodist Church.

Will loved to tinker and build things. He collected antiques so no one is surprised at his partiality to “old stuff”. He could cut a rug and always enjoyed traveling with his friends to the next dance venue. Some days you could find Will fishing and simply taking in the grandeur of God’s creation saying, “Just another day in paradise.” His personal philosophy was to “go fishing and eat more ice cream”.

Survivors include his sons, Matthew Wilburn and his wife, Ann, and Richard Wilburn, all of Cincinnati; his grandchildren, Cameron, Leah and Rose; and his siblings, Patricia Gatti of Jacksonville, Fl., William Wilburn and his wife, Norma, of Virginia, and Betty Johnson and her husband, Loren, of Bainbridge, Ga. Will was preceded in death by his parents.