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Mrs. Jimmie Lee LeNeau Osborne

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Oct. 11, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Mrs. Jimmie Lee LeNeau Osborne

October 2, 1923 October 9, 2017

Mrs. Jimmie Lee Osborne was born on October 2, 1923 in Sumter County, South Carolina. 
She was one of seven children born to the late Martha B. (Dwyer) LeNeau and Carl (Neal) LeNeau. Jimmie’s grandparents are Louise and Anthony Dwyer and Selena Neal LeNeau and Isaiah LeNeau. Jimmie also shared the joy of growing up with five adopted brothers, affectionally referred to as the “Neal Boys.”

Jimmie Lee, an Ordained Presbyterian Elder for more than 50 years, worked tirelessly within the Presbyterian Church’s local, state and national communities in service and governance. Jimmie chaired the Anti-Racism Taskforce for the National Capital Union Presbytery in the late eighties.

She attended and served as Representative to the General Assembly. She served on the Board of Directors, as a representative of the Presbyterian Church USA, for The United Campus Ministry (UMC) at the University of Maryland. Campus Ministry provided quality spiritual support and programs for young adults during critical years. Programs and services provided by UCM included community service, pastoral and crisis support, Sunday dinner meetings, worship, interfaith dialogue, study related to faith and spirituality, mission trips, social events, weddings and premarital preparation and memorial services.

She served as Deacon, Church School Superintendent and Director of Christian Education.
Jimmie Lee’s love of learning and teaching was developed and nurtured through attending Presbyterian primary and secondary schools. Upon graduation, Jimmie attended and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Morris College, a HBCU (Historic Black College and University), a Master’s in Science degree from Queens College and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Jimmie was recognized as Morris College’s oldest living Alumnus in 2017.

Jimmie’s Contributions in the field of education include teaching in Head Start and Day Care in Brooklyn, New York, and the Great Neck Public Schools in Great Neck Long, New York. Jimmie served on many committees and was active in the Great Neck Teachers Association – as member of the Professional Rights and Responsibility Committee, Delegate Assembly, Building Curriculum Group and Building Representation Committee. She was the recipient of the New York State United Teachers Service Award for her involvement with the Teachers Association. Jimmie was also a Member of the Kindergarten Handbook and Teacher Selection Committees. Jimmie also served as Educational Advisor to Congressional Representatives.

Retired from public education after 35 years of teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Jimmie’s call to teach and community service continued to thrive after retirement. She worked with the Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. to establish a day care center. 

Jimmie received Certificates of Appreciations for her valuable contribution to the Greenbelt Nursing Home for her work as Ombudsman, and the Department of Family Services Greenbelt, Maryland. Jimmie received local recognition from Dana Wilcock, AARP district coordinator for the southern side of Atlanta for 21 years of continuous teaching AARP Driver Safety in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Newnan, Georgia.

Jimmie Lee Osborne married Earle Osborne and was blessed with four children, Arthur, Barbara, Carl and Donald. Her family was extended with grandchildren Jocelyn Lang, Kindall Lynn and Jennifer Marie, and great grandchildren, Jazmere Simone, Brayon Christopher, Jr., Tayla Arianna, Baylee Ardenia and Isaiah Ethan.

Jimmie Lee treasured living and creating beauty through gardening, cultivating house plants, tailoring clothing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, baking and collecting elephants, tea pots and plates.

Jimmie was an avid reader of biographies and American Literature. She especially enjoyed the works of Maya Angelou.

She enjoyed her work, as a Board Member, with the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc., an organization established to continue the legacy of Bessie Coleman and advance individuals’ interest in pursuing careers in aerospace through academic scholarships.

Jimmie Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Earle Osborne; sisters and their husbands, Anna Blanding (Matthew), Gladys Miott (Charles), Martha Cureton (Jimmie); brothers and their wives, Isaiah LeNeau (Pearl), Dewey Neal (Naomi), Bernie Neal (Juanita), Douglas Neal (Viola); brothers, Joshua Neal, and Albert Neal; and brothers-in- law, William Rice and Dallas Newton.

Jimmie Lee’s memory will be cherished by her family: children, Arthur E. Osborne, Barbara Osborne-Harris (Reginald), Carl Osborne and Donald Osborne; grandchildren, Jocelyn L. Williams, Kindall Lynn Williams and Jenifer M. Wesson (Brayon); and Great-Grandchildren, Jazmere Simone Murray, Brayon Christopher Wesson, Jr., Tayla Arianna Murray, Baylee Ardenia Wesson and Isaiah Ethan Mackin; Sisters, Selena Rice (98 years old), and Edna Newton (96 years old); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors. 

Jimmie’s life leaves special memories for the Newnan Presbyterian Church family, Lisa Dabney, Darryl Blanding, Brian Mackin, Frank Garafollo, Ken Austin, and Personal Care Assistants Olivia and Cynthia, and Nurse Jessica.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Viewing will be from noon-12:45 p.m. with the service to follow at 1 p.m. at Newnan Presbyterian Church, 38 Greenville Street, Newnan, Georgia 30263. A fellowship meal will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
• Samaritan Clinic, 137 Jackson Street Newnan, Georgia 30263
• Morris College, Office of Alumni Affairs, 100 W. College Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150 – payable to Office of Alumni Affairs in Memory of Jimmie Lee Osborne