Jennings Osborne

William Jennings Bryan Osborne Jr. was born on September 21, 1943, in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.

Osborne graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a B.A. in business and a minor in biology. He worked for a number of hospitals, including St. Edward's in Fort Smith and St. Vincent's in Little Rock. In 1968 Osborne and his wife, Mitzi, founded the Arkansas Research Medical Testing Center, a company that specialized in conducting clinical drug trials for FDA approval.

As a philanthropist, he regularly hosted charity barbecues and sponsored fireworks shows around the state. He was well known for elaborate Christmas lights displays at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition he decorated numerous locations across the country with Christmas lights, including Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1995 he donated his personal displays to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, which established the annual Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

Osborne passed away on July 27, 2011.

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