Reba Gail Peeples Wilburn

Published 11:11 am Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Reba Gail Peeples Wilburn, better known as “Button” passed away February 4, 2021, at Lakewood Senior Living. She was the devoted wife of the late Luke John Wilburn Jr.


Button was born September 23, 1934, in Estill, SC. She was the daughter of C. Laughlin Peeples and Reba Breedlove Peeples. She graduated from Estill High School in 1952. As an Estill High School “Gator Girl”, she made many wonderful memories and friends. Button continued her education at Columbia College. She graduated in 1956, with many more happy memories and lifelong friends.

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After her marriage, she taught general science, chemistry, and home economics in Charleston, SC, Alexandria, VA, and Asheville, NC. Button and Luke settled in Spartanburg, SC, and Button became involved in many church and community activities. She was an active member of Fernwood Baptist Church, where she was proud to be a member of the Alma Hudson Sunday school class. She was an avid gardener, and participated in several ladies clubs while raising her three children. She resumed her love of teaching by substituting at McCracken Jr High. Later in life, she delivered meals for Meals on Wheels. Button was the kind of person who made friends wherever she went, and her friendship brought joy to everyone around her.


She is survived by her three children, Lynn Wilburn Costine (Andy) of Tryon, NC, Luke John Wilburn III of Taylors, SC and Mark Peeples Wilburn (Kathy) of Spartanburg, SC, her five grandchildren, Sarah Hamilton Costine, Anna Laughlin Costine, Emily Hollis Costine, Andrew Wilburn Costine, and Mark Peeples Wilburn Jr.; a sister, Julia Peeples Causey of Bluffton, SC, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Sadie Peeples Tokunaga.


A private graveside service will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fernwood Baptist Church, 200 Fernwood Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307, or the The Loyalty Fund, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC 29303


The family would like to thank the staff at Lakewood Senior Living and Halcyon Hospice team for their excellent care.


The family is at the home.


An online guest register is available at


Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel