FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Mrs. Wanda Archer Osborne, age 83, of Fernandina Beach, FL, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 8, 2012, at Magnolia Manor on St. Simons Island, GA.
Born in Johnson City, TN, she was the daughter of the late Frank Edward Archer Sr. and Letha Matheson Archer.
In 1951, she married William H. “Bill” Osborne, also of Johnson City, TN.
In 1959, they came to Fernandina Beach and became Owners and Inn Keepers of a group of vacation rentals on the beach on South Fletcher Avenue. Mrs. Osborne ran, maintained and performed many duties as her husband worked as an Industrial Arts Teacher at Paxon Junior High School in Jacksonville. In later years, her husband opened and ran Osborne Used Cars on Sadler Road.
As an Inn Keeper, she had many annual repeat customers from Georgia and South Carolina that became like family that would frequently bring and share an assortment of fresh vegetables and watermelons.
The Osbornes were members of Five Points Baptist Church, where Mrs. Osborne loved singing in the choir.
In 2002, Mr. Osborne passed away.
Mrs. Osborne leaves behind, two sons, Keith Osborne and his wife, Nadine, Fernandina Beach, FL, Greg Osborne and his wife Pamela, Lilburn, GA; a sister, Christine Bitner; three brothers, Frank Archer Jr., George Archer, all of Johnson City, TN, Gary Archer, Cumming, GA; five grandchildren, Kyle Osborne, Austin, TX, Rachel Kennedy (Norman), Fernandina Beach, FL, Perri Osborne, Paige Osborne, Peyton Osborne, all of Lilburn, GA; two great grandchildren, Alexa and Lauren Kennedy, of Fernandina Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Oxley Heard Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard with Reverend Jeff Overton officiating.
Mrs. Osborne will be laid to rest beside her husband in Bosque Bello Cemetery.