|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1895|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1965|
John M. L. Osborn was the son of Caleb Osborn and Missouri Shelton. He married, 10 May 1917, Lillie Ann Bass the daughter of Thomas Lafayette Bass and Faraba Hicks.
John was left orphaned in Pocohontas, Arkansas. He was placed in a foster home by his older brother, Jess with a lady named Mrs. Jarrett. He grew up and made his way to Missouri. He met Lillie at a square dance just outside of Hornersville, Missouri one night at which he was playing a fiddle and Lillie's father was calling the dance. Lillie had a previous marriage to Walter Custer and was left a widow with two small boys, Ernest and Orville. John and Lillie married in the presence of Lillie's father, Thomas LaFayette Bass, and J.B. Miles at the Methodist Church in Nesbit, Dunklin Co., Mo by E.E. Burton, Minister. John raised the boys as his own along with his and Lillie's children. Orville contracted Tuberculosis and died at age 20 or 21. John and Lillie lived at Kennett, Mo when they married. Orville and Ernest were born in Walnut Ridge, Larwence Co., Arkansas, but lived most of their young life at Hornersville, Mo. Orville and Earnest's son, Charles Osborn, bore a remarkable resemblance to each other and both young men were outstanding artists, John and Lillie lived in Arkansas for many years. They lived at Manila, Mississippi Co., Arkansas for a time. Edith their oldest daughter was born there. From there they moved to Blytheville, Ark. and lived on Charles Abbott's farm and farmed with him. Nadine, Lorean and James W. were born there. Lorean died by drowning while they lived at Blytheville. James wished to be called "Jack" from a very early age. John would say to the children, "What is your name, boy? or "What is your name, girl?" One day when he asked James this question, James respinded with "Jack". It was said by family members that he admired an uncle named Jack Hicks, therefore, he chose to be called "Jack" also. (might have been Jessie Jackson Hicks. He was called "Jack".
From Blytheville, they moved back to Hornersville, Mo and there, Saundra was born. They went from Hornersville to Memphis, Tn. in order to get medical help for Orville. Orville was put on the waiting list at Oakville Sanitarium at Oakville. Tn. He was still on the list when he died. John and Lillie took him back to Hornersville for burial. John and Lillie lived on Illinois Street in Memphis at the time of Orville's death. My sisters, Edith and Nadine, said they lived in a house that had a large window in one of the bedrooms that faced the street. That was Orville's bedroom. I believe Edith said they called it the blue room because of the walls were painted blue. He saw his teacher passing one day in a new car and Mother said that he drew a picture of the car after seeing it briefly and it was a perfect rendering. He was a marvelous artist, as was Charles, Earnest's son. They moved to 981 Indiana Street in Memphis from the Illinois St. address and Patricia was born. She is the only child of theirs who was born in a hospital. They remained in Memphis until John's death, January 5, 1965. Lillie remained there for 20 years longer and lived in a small house in the rear of Saundra's house. From there, she moved to Brinkley, Arkansas to live with Edith after Saundra developed a heart condition and she lived there until her death, Nov 25, 1995. She became ill on Thanksgiving day and was taken to Stutgart, Ark to the hospital there and her condition was diagnosed as heart failure and kidney failure. She would have been 101 years old April 14, of the same year. She and John are buried at Memphis Memorial Gardens,( formerly Mount Vernon Gardens),in the Garden of the Good Shepherd.
Lillie Ann Bass Osborn (1895 - 1995)
Memphis Memory Gardens
Created by: Beverly
Record added: Mar 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67051934