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Bernard Lewis Irby, Sr.

June 11, 1936 — December 13, 2021

Bernard Lewis Irby, Sr.

Bernard Lewis Irby, Sr. of Halifax, VA passed away December 13, 2021.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on June 11, 1936 and was 85 years of age. He was the son of the late James Wilson Irby and the late Lula Martin Irby. He was married to Antonia “Toni” Hamlett Irby.


He was a member of South Boston Church of God. His hobbies were horseback and mule riding at Mount Rogers, Virginia. He was very fond of his dog ”Skippy”.


Bernard Lewis Irby, is survived by:

His Wife

Antonia “Toni” Hamlett Irby of Charlotte County

His Children

Vadonna Hatcher (Donald) of Scottsburg

Bonita Sadler (Frank) of Clover

Alan “Randy” Irby (Laura) of Scottsburg

Nine Grandchildren

Michael Irby, Brian Irby, Donna Ann Guthrie, Shannon Show, Kristy Satterfield, Evan Irby, Benjamin Irby, Paul Irby and Nathan Irby

14 Great Grandchildren

Five Great Great Grandchildren


Bessie I. Owen (John) of South Boston

Magaline I. Bass of Halifax

Hugh Thomas Irby of Halifax

Edward Irby (Brenda) of Halifax

Donald Irby (Mary) of Roxboro, NC


***Preceded in death by***

His First Wife

Virginia Hazelwood Irby

One Son

Bernard Lewis Irby, Jr.


Orana Clark, Willard Irby, and Michael Irby


A chapel service will be held Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dave Webb officiating.


The family will receive friends Thursday, one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home and other times at his home.


For memorials, please consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

3:00 - 3:45 pm (Eastern time)

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