Scott Kilburn died attempting to save Regenia L. Brake from drowning, Waverly, Tennessee, August 21, 2021. Following hours of heavy rain, rapidly rising floodwater deluged the city, which was in a valley, and swept Brake, 53, about a half-mile from her apartment. Brake was carried onto a highway, where the water was up to 5 feet deep in some areas. There, Kilburn, 49, metal fabricator, had retreated onto his truck’s roof with his wife after the truck became stranded in the submerged grass median. Floodwater forcefully washed debris against the truck, with the roof about 6.5 feet above the ground. As the water carried Brake near the truck, Kilburn entered the water and reached her, but they both were swept away, separated, and Kilburn’s wife soon lost sight of them both. Kilburn’s wife held tightly to the truck through a period of surging water, and she remained on the roof until others responded after the water had significantly receded. Brake, who had drowned, was recovered near a creek that afternoon. Kilburn was found on the highway more than a mile away. He also had drowned.92144-10391
Mr. Robert Scott Kilburn, age 49 of Waverly, TN passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021. Scott lost his life in the great flood in Waverly, trying to save another. He was born October 31, 1971 in Dickson, TN to Robert Lee Kilburn and Faye Aline Moran. He was married to Tracy LouAnn Brown Kilburn. Scott was a Supervisor for Mathai Metal Systems in Waverly, TN and a member of Local 86 Insulators Union. He was a member of the Hoop Hole Hunting Club, an avid deer hunter and fisherman, and loved spending precious time with his grandchildren and family. He is survived by his wife, Tracy Kilburn; father, Robert Kilburn; his two brothers, Richard and Jeff; his sister, Tammy Elliot; five step-children; and nine step-grandchildren.