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Wayne Lee Irby

November 12, 1947 - June 7, 2020

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Wayne L. Irby, 72, of Bedford, VA passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, June 7th.  Wayne is the son of the late Henry Harris Irby and Cora Brooks Irby of Rustburg. Wayne is survived by his wife, Carmela Hughes Irby of 54 years.  Also, Wayne is survived by his “favorite” sister, Carolyn Irby Cunningham (Jesse Cunningham deceased) of Rustburg, and brother, Alan Irby of Madison Heights.  Wayne was preceded in death by his older brothers, Harris and Hunter Irby. He is also survived by a number of nephews and nieces; many fond memories playing basketball, of course!

He graduated with the class of ’66 Rustburg High School.  He was with NCR for 26 years, inventory control, then became a technology project manager.    As many of you know, he enjoyed sports, especially basketball, and later in life, golf.  He truly enjoyed being outdoors.  He had such a love of creation, probably the main reason when we moved back to Virginia, he wanted to live near the Peaks of Otter.

One of our elders conveyed to me: “Wayne was a well-respected elder in the South Bedford Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  He had a positive influence on so many, especially the young men in our congregation who are reaching out for new responsibilities.  The personalized training and support he provided helped them to develop deep respect, not only for him, but for the outstanding organizational and technological skills he possessed.  They will be able to use this training to peruse their theocratic goals.  Wayne’s qualifications as a spiritual man and elder was an asset to our congregation, and his Bible knowledge and teaching skills helped many in our community learn important Bible truths”.  I should mention, Wayne would relate to me how humbled he felt to be able to work with such willing young men; he considered them good friends.

He entertained us with his great sense of humor, he was so friendly with everyone,  and had genuine concern for others, he will be missed by all who knew him. It is very comforting to hear so many positive comments, along with many humorous stories.  We know many share our loss and are hurting too.

Carolyn and I want to thank all who have been so supportive during this difficult time and in the days to come.  However, as 2Corinthians 1:3,4 states, we comfort one another because we have been comforted by Him, our Heavenly Father. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

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