A native of Bogalusa and resident of Watson, he died Thursday, May 2, 2013. He was 79, a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was retired from Sears & Roebuck. Visiting at First United Pentecostal Church in Denham Springs on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 4 p.m. until service at 6 p.m. conducted by Rev. Ray Johnson and Rev. Shannon Pennington. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park on Monday, May 6 at noon. Survivors include his wife, Jewell Pennington Irby; daughter, Sheril and Pat Curry; step-daughter, Julie Torkelson; sons, Ken Irby, and Danny and Tina Irby; step-son, Rev. Shannon and Dina Pennington, and Anthony and Andrea Pennington; sisters, Shirley Artique and Gloria Simmons; grandchildren, Andrew and Katelin Curry, Taylor Curry, Kadi and Jennifer Irby; and step-grandchildren, Laura, Jana, Alaina Grace, Annakate Pennington and Jackline Torkelson. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Thelma Irby; first wife, Peggy Wolsefer Irby; and son, Ira Irby. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School. Thanks to his friend Capt. Gene Cobb, with whom he served in his 25 years of service with the EBRP Sheriff's Reserve.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 3 to May 5, 2013