He was born May 30, 1932 at Simmons, Missouri, the son of Thomas Oliver and Pauline Snyder Thompson. He graduated from school in Cabool, then worked for 28 years at Mid-America Dairymen, Inc., retiring in 1992.
He married Hazel Gann on December 24, 1950, and they were married for 58 years. To this union, three children were born, Larry, Judy, and Randy.
Wilburn and Hazel lived on a farm that was designated a Missouri Century Farm because it had been in their family for over 100 years.
He enjoyed fishing and playing the bass guitar with the bluegrass band “Good Timers.” He and Hazel also loved to travel, especially to the Black Hills in South Dakota; New Orleans; Red Woods, California; Washington, D.C.; and Canada.
Simmons Baptist Church was important to him throughout his life. He and Hazel were charter members of the church.
Wilburn was preceded in death by his wife Hazel Thompson, son Larry Thompson, granddaughter Nicole Flageolle, and great-granddaughter Alexis Flageolle.
He is survived by two children and their spouses, Judy and Hank Flageolle, of Mansfield, Missouri, and Randy and Janene Thompson of Cabool; five grandchildren, Angelia Barnes, Christopher Flageolle, Zachery Flageolle, Marla McGowan and Jason Thompson; eleven great-grandchildren, Randon Brown, Kamryn Barnes, Gabyn Barnes, Victoria Dawn Thompson, Damon Wayne Thompson, Megan Flageolle, Erin Flageolle, Kirsten Flageolle, Navy Ray Flageolle, Oliver McGowan and Olivia McGowan; stepmother, Ruby Thompson; brother, Dean Thompson; two sisters, Lela May Russell and Donna Faye Staryak; several sisters- and brothers-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016, at Simmons Baptist Church with Rev. Kyle Rhea and Rev. George Schultz officiating. Pallbearers were Christopher Flageolle, Zachery Flageolle, Jason Thompson, Mike Lunbeck, Jim Wilson and Kirk Barnes. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Thompson and Hank Flageolle. Interment was in Murphy Cemetery, Simmons, Missouri, under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Mansfield.