Janet Shofner Wilburn

Janet Shofner Wilburn, 63, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Nacogdoches after a brief battle with cancer. 


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Brother Hayden Wilkes presiding. A private family viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service in the Watson & Sons chapel. 


Born November 16, 1958, in Center, to the late James Richard and Rosa Vaugh Shofner, Janet came along a short year and eight days after her sister, Deb. They were the best of friends and could always be found together, even in later life. Janet was a long-time member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, where she had served many years as a Sunday school teacher and assistant secretary. Her love for Jesus and her church was followed closely by her fierce love for her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and seeing all of God’s glorious creations with her family, being outside, and most of all, riding her lawnmower. 


She is survived by: 



Misty Wilburn of Center

Micah Wilburn Youngblood of Center


Grandson, and love of her life

Guner Youngblood of Center 



Rosa Vaughn Shofner of Center


Sister and brother-in-law

Deb Shofner Johnson and Darrell of Center 


Sister-in-law and brother-in-law

Yolanda Wilburn Davis and Lynn of Center 



Debbie Nutt of Prague, Oklahoma 


Honorary sister and brother-in-law

Linda Livingston Dawson and Chester, of Center


As well as a host of dearly loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. 


She is preceded in death by: 

Husband of 34 years, Mike Wilburn 


Father, James Richard Shofner

Father-in-law, Bobby Henry Wilburn


Mothers-in-law, Yvonne Holt Wilburn and Cora Nutt Wilburn


Brothers-in-law, Steve Wilburn and David Nutt


Sister-in-law, Cynthia Nutt Lawson


Pallbearers are Guner Youngblood, Rex Johnson, David Butler, Rhett Butler, Kyle Warner, Ryan Wilburn, Wade Lawson, Matt Lawson, Matt Foster, and Cody Nutt. 


Honorary pallbearers are Chester Dawson, Bubba Bell, Boo Kline, Ricky Livingston, Chris Link, Ryan Hudspeth, Bubba Parker, Trey Parker, and Bolt Parker.


A special thanks goes to Dr. Rachel Cline, the staff of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the staff of Nacogdoches Medical Center. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Providence Missionary Baptist Church Benevolence Fund or the charity of your choice. 


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