Robert Irby Jr.
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Robert Elliott Irby, Jr. (Bobby), 85, died March 25, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. Visitation will be held at the Activities Building of First Baptist Church of Durant, MS on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, from 10 until 11:30 am and from 1 until 2 pm with a memorial service immediately following in the church's sanctuary. Interment will be at Mizpah Cemetery in Durant, MS.
Survivors include his wife, Ann May Irby of Durant, MS; son, Robert E. Irby, III and wife, Rachel R. Irby of Houston, TX; daughter, Cathy Irby Horne of Ridgeland, MS; two brothers, William F. Irby and wife, Nancy T. Irby of Durant, MS and Charles W. Irby of Durant, MS and five grandchildren.
Bobby was born in Durant, MS to the late Robert E. Irby, Sr and Adelia W. Irby. He served in the United States Air Force from 1945 to 1952 during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Afterwards he joined the Mississippi National Guard, ultimately retiring with the rank of Major. Bobby obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Mississippi State University. Throughout his life he successfully held a variety of jobs, from shoe salesman to small business owner to building general contractor. His success as a homebuilder led to a position teaching building and construction at Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS. Bobby eventually became head of the Vocational Techinal Department at Holmes Community College, and retired as a Vice President of the College. Bobby was instrumental in the opening of the Grenada, MS and Ridgeland, MS campuses of Holmes Community College. Bobby also served with
Durant's Volunteer Fire Department and with Holmes County's Civil Defense Department.
For many years Bobby was an active member of First Baptist Church in Durant, MS, serving as a Deacon and participating with the choir. More recently, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kosciusko, MS again serving as a Deacon and participating with the choir. Bobby assisted with the planning and construction of buildings at both churches.
The family suggest that memorial contriibutions in Bobby's memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Durant, MS, First Presbyterian Church of Kosciusko, MS or a
Published in Clarion Ledger on Mar. 27, 2012