MANDRELL, Irby Matthew Age 84 passed to his heavenly home, March 5, 2009, after a short stay at Baptist Hospital for respiratory distress and emphysema. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 61 years; his three daughters, Barbara, Louise and Irlene; and seven grandchildren. His musical career spanned more that 60 years as he managed the careers of Barbara, Louise and Irlene. He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and played guitar and sang from a very early age. His musical travels took him to Fairfield, Illinois, where he played at a church and met the niece of the pastor of the church, and fell in love with her. They moved to Texas where he became a policeman, and his three daughters were born. Then they moved to California and he opened a music store with a partner, Bill Hendricks. His daughters were exposed to music at an early age and had instruments available to them, as they became proficient on many of them. Then they moved to Tennessee where his career as a manager really took off as he was very successful in directing the careers of his very talented daughters. He is preceded in death by his two brothers and one sister. He served bravely in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a corpsman and later entertained for the military all over the United States and 21 foreign countries. His love of country music and the legions of fans he came in contact with was ever apparent. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8th at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home chapel with Ron Cook, Pastor Paul Bane and family members officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens on Monday. Serving as pallbearers will be Barbara Mandrell Dudney, Louise Mandrell Haywood, Irlene Mandrell, Matthew Dudney, Nicole Shipley and Deric Boyer. Greeters will be Jim Brady, Ken Dudney, Jaime Dudney, Nathan Dudney, Vanessa Boyer, Christina Pincus, Christy Sutherland Dudney and Hannah Menefee. Family will receive friends Saturday, March 7th from 4 - 6 p.m. at Forest Lawn and 2 - 3 p.m. Sunday. FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, (615)859-5279.
Published in The Tennessean from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2009