Josh's aunt and uncle, Tammie and Christopher Dozier, gained custody and his father James and stepmother Christie were arrested and later convicted of child neglect.
In 2008, Josh spoke of his ordeal before a Tennessee legislative committee in an effort to add dehydration and starvation to state child abuse laws.
After his testimony, which brought tears to nearly everyone in the committee room, Josh told News 2, "[I] hope they got the message and hope they were listening very good."
Lawmakers were listening.
The measure passed overwhelmingly and became known as the Josh Osborne Law.
Osborne had been plagued with health problems since birth. As an infant he was one of the state's youngest heart transplant recipients.
"We were only supposed to have him for five years from what the doctor said after his heart transplant, and I got him for 24," said his sister late Wednesday.
Prior to his untimely death, Osborne worked at Goodwill for seven years and received the “Retail Employee of the Year” award in 2009.
“We will always remember Josh’s smile and positive attitude,” manager Angeline Bivens said. “He loved his Goodwill family and we loved him. The quality of Josh’s work and his team spirit makes him irreplaceable. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who knew and loved this remarkable young man.”
A memorial service for Osborne will be held next Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Springhouse Worship and Arts Center located at 14119 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna. Previous Stories: