May 31, 1983 - Sep 2, 2002
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On Tuesday May 31, 1983 Orbie DeWayne Wilburn was born to Gary & Linda (Keeler) Wilburn at Weatherford, Oklahoma. He had dimples and shining blue eyes.
Orbie attended Hydro elementary school and grew up in the First Baptist Church of Hydro, OK where he was an active member his entire life. Orbie gave his heart to Jesus Christ when he was 8 years old. As a young boy Orbie enjoyed participating in Royal Ambassadors and once got state runner up with his pine wood racer. He excelled in little league and seemed to do well in whatever he had passion for.
He attended Cedar Hills Children's camp and later was active in the youth group attending Falls Creek camp and World Changers Missions for youth.
Orbie transferred to Weatherford in the sixth grade where he attended middle school. He went on to attend high school there and was a 2002 graduate from Weatherford High School.
He participated in DECA, FCCLA, FCA, Psychology Club, and FFA. He had just began his freshman year at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and was working part-time at K-Bob's in Weatherford, OK. Orbie's goal was to become an engineer and continue his racing career.
Orbie enjoyed all sports. In high school Orbie participated in football and baseball. Outside of school Orbie was on the Weatherford 4H trap shooting team. Orbie was an Oklahoma State Champion Trap Shooter in 1996 & 1997 and attended the 1998 Jr. Olympics in Colorado Springs. Orbie was also awarded the Lifetime Membership Award to the Amateur Trap Shooters Association in July 1998.
He was a member of Weatherford's Eagle Football State Champion Team in 1999.
Orbie was listed as Who's Who among high school students, he was a member of the National Honor Society and was a Distinguished Scholar. Orbie had received a FFA Career Passport.
In the spring of 2000 Orbie began his promising racing career. His true passion was racing and it showed in his accomplishments on the track. He was awarded rookie of the year in 2000 in the Factory Stock division at Clinton Speedway.
In 2001 Orbie won the points championship in the Factory Stock division and ended up that season with his biggest race victory, the Winter National Championship in November 2001.
Orbie raced at Oklahoma City, Elk City, Meeker and Lawton in 2002. Even though his 2002 season was cut short he finished 15th in the points standing at Lawton Speedway.
He enjoyed water skiing, golfing, hunting, play station, computer games and spending time with friends.
Orbie was one who never met a stranger, had a joyful spirit, expressed his love and lived life to the fullest. Orbie could most be quoted asking, "Does it really matter?" or "Will this matter tomorrow?"
Orbie was all about fun and enjoying his friends and family with humor, cutting up and practical joking.
Orbie's favorite NFL team was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his favorite MLB team was the New York Yankees. He loved Nascar Racing and had many racing heroes within the sport. Orbie's favorite movie was "Days of Thunder" and his favorite color was that blue around the moon.
Orbie's life was cut short when he was killed on Monday, September 2, 2002 near Hydro, OK. in a tragic senseless crash.
Weatherford Eagles football is retiring Orbie's jersey #52.
There has been a scholarship fund set up in Orbie's memory at Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Lawton Speedway held a tribute in honor of Orbie on September 7, 2002.
Orbie's family would like to express our thanks to everyone who has written in the guestbook. The memories and relationships we have read about have been a special blessing to us. Thank You!to Top