Aaron Wilburn, age 70, passed away on November 27, 2020. He was born in Ardmore, Alabama on July 9, 1950 to the late Eugene and Lola Wilburn. He is also preceded in death by his siblings, Alton Wilburn, Jackie Wilburn, and Betty Thornton.
Aaron is survived by his children, Jim (Lauren) Wilburn, Tyler Wilburn, and Emily Wilburn; grandchildren, Gabe Epperson, Zachary Wilburn, and Asher Wilburn; sisters, Sue Mitchell, Sara Hamrick, and Nelda Thompson.
Aaron first gained national attention as a band member of The Happy Goodman Family. Playing rhythm guitar and often singing as a guest soloist during the group's appearances, Aaron traveled with the legendary family group during the early 1970s.
It was also during Aaron's time with The Happy Goodman Family that his talent as a songwriter began moving to the forefront of Gospel music. Throughout Aaron's five decades of songwriting, he either wrote or co-wrote many of Gospel music's most beloved songs, including "Four Days Late," "Home," "It Won't Rain Always," "That Sounds Like Home To Me," "What A Beautiful Day (For The Lord To Come Again)," and dozens more.
Aaron's ability to present family-friendly comedy was quickly discovered as he developed the solo career that he enjoyed for more than 40 years. By blending humorous tales with quick one-liners and a seemingly endless repertoire of comical songs, Aaron was able to share his talents in Gospel concerts, church services, secular conventions, corporate banquets, and events of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and numerous other countries. Frequently seen on Bill Gaither's Homecoming Concerts and videos, Aaron was also a pioneering Christian performer on YouTube, quickly garnering more than 4,000,000 views in the video sharing website's earliest days.
During his career, Aaron was honored with several No. 1 songs, multiple Dove Awards, and numerous Grammy nominations. Two songs, "What A Beautiful Day (For The Lord To Come Again)" and "Four Days Late," were voted as "Song Of The Year" by subscribers of Singing News Magazine in 1975 and 2001.
In 2005, Aaron was honored in his home state by being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry Salley, Dave Lehman, Olan Witt, Danny Jones, Jeff Easter, Jared Witt, Gary Casto, and Bobby Tomberlin.
A life celebration will be held at 2pm, Tuesday, December 1st at Restoring Hope Church in Hendersonville, TN. Family will receive friends on Monday, November 30th from 4-8pm at Crestview Funeral Home and again from 12-2pm at the church prior to the service.