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Robert Brooke Wilbourn

Robert Brooke “Buddy” Wilbourn, 88, of Quitman, Texas passed away on February 1, 2020. Buddy is survived by his wife of 58 years,  Annette, sister Lucy Waddell and husband Walter Waddell of Columbia, South Carolina, daughter Brooke Wilbourn and fiance’ Curt Schoettle of New Braunfels, daughter Stacie Whitaker and husband Lynn Whitaker of Gladewater, grandson Coleton Brooke Whitaker of Washington, D.C., granddaughter Autumn Softley, husband Chris Softley, great grandchildren Tatum, Tyler and Trey Softley of Lubbock, TX, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Buddy was a loving father, husband, PawPaw and friend. 
Buddy served in the US Air Force and graduated from Louisiana State University before beginning his lifetime career as a petroleum engineer for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline. After retirement, Buddy and Annette left the city life in Houston to settle in Quitman. 
A man of few words, Buddy had a knack for making people laugh and smile. Even in hard times, he continued to find something funny to say. Buddy lived life to the fullest.  He enjoyed fishing and all sports, but especially had a passion for his alma mater, the LSU Tigers. Those closest to him, shared a life of adventure and many fond memories.
The family will have a celebration of life at a later date. Those desiring, memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, Endowment Fund, at PO Box 1643, Quitman, TX. 75783.


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As a young engineer working for Transco Buddy was a mentor and gentleman and someone that deserved respect. I enjoyed working with him very much.

Bruce Bevers Feb 5 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for sharing your memory Bruce. My Dad talked often about his years at Transo. He had the opportunity to work with so many neat people.

Stacie Whitaker Feb 5 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you for your kind words, Linda. Dad loved his time at Transco! It is so special to receive memory posts from people that knew him in the work place.

Stacie Whitaker Feb 5 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Buddy at Transco from 1982 until the day he retired. He was a wonderful person with a quick wit and kind heart. My thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family.

Linda Baldree Feb 3 2020 12:00 AM