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John Wayne Irby

November 24, 1939 — January 10, 2021

John Wayne Irby

John Wayne Irby of Clover, VA passed away January 10, 2021, the 62nd wedding anniversary of his marriage to Rebecca “Becky” Conner Irby.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on November 24, 1939 and was 81 years of age. He was the son of the late James Clarence Irby and the late Elizabeth Walker Irby.


He was an active member of Mt. Laurel United Methodist Church.  John Wayne was a founding member of Mt. Laurel Ruritan Club, former member of Clover Lions Club, active community member and was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman and bowler. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.


John Wayne Irby is survived by:

His wife

Rebecca “Becky” Irby

His Children

Robin Yates and husband Mark

Jeffrey Irby and wife Annette

Four Grandchildren

Kathleen Sibley and husband Stephen

Ryan Yates (Mary Popek)

Josh Irby (Emily Maxwell)

Kassidy Irby

Two Great-Grandchildren

James and Julia Sibley

One Brother

Kenneth Irby

Two sisters-in-law

Jean Irby and Janice Irby


***Preceded in death by***


Carroll Irby, Lynwood Irby, Ray Irby and Frances Roller

Two sisters-in-law, Nancy Irby and Patsy Irby

One brother-in-law, Everett Roller


A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Mt. Laurel United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Don Pizzeck and Rev. David Barker officiating. In keeping with CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we recommend the wearing of face masks and social distancing. The funeral service will be livestream via Powell Funeral Home’s Facebook page.


The family will receive friends immediately following the service.


For memorials, please consider Mt. Laurel United Methodist Church, 5041 Mt. Laurel Rd, Clover, VA 24534, or Mt. Laurel Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 23, Clover, VA 24534.


Online condolences may be directed to


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

You may view the service by clicking here.



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Graveside Service

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Mt. Laurel United Methodist Church Cemetery

Newbill School Rd, Clover, VA 24534

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