Rex Eugene Osburn

Published 2:07 pm Friday, August 21, 2020


Rex is in heaven playing his harmonica for the angels. Here on earth, Rex was a big man with a big heart and a twinkle in his eye. You knew when he was in a room. You couldn’t miss his laugh- a giggle really-full of joy and life that bubbled and invited people in. It meshed well with his messy, laid-back appearance, and made him that much more approachable. Rex loved his family, both biological and those he chose. He loved animals, being “out in the country” and he loved huntin’, fishin’ and eatin’. Did you ever see Rex eat? Or hear him talk about a favorite meal? That, there, was pure joy! Rex loved music of all kinds and he loved to cut a rug. Rex was known for his long entertaining (to him) stories that he relished repeating often. Rex was a good, fierce friend with a kind soul and would truly give you the shirt off his back.

Rex was a life-long active member of Church Street Methodist Church. He attended A.G. Parrish High School. Rex was a member of the Selma YMCA and Moose Lodge 1737. He left behind many folks that cared about him in all those places and he survived many challenges through their love. As Rex would say, “I got good people all around”.

Rex lived with and cared for Miss Hermine Cohen for fifteen years prior to his recent physical decline. They were a blessing in each other’s lives.Rex was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Osburn and father, Ted Osburn, Jr. He is survived by his sister, Jill O. Perry, Brother-in-law, “Dr. Detroit” David Cox, Beloved nieces, Lydia Cox and Emily Cox and sister D’Nene Osburn Kingswell.

Special friends that enriched Rex’s life include; Inge and Gregg Bergeron, Tommy and Lynn Swindle, Bruce Adams, Mary Kay Traylor Brown, Jimbo Jefferson. Staff at Selma Health and Rehab. There are so many others that helped Rex throughout his time on this planet. One of his favorite lyrics, “I get by with a little help from my friends” could not be more fitting.

A celebration of Rex’s life will be scheduled when it is safe to gather without social distancing and masks.Donations can be sent to Church Street Methodist Church, NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Selma Animal Shelter, or the non- profit of your choice.