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Russell Lee Irby Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1950 - 2016

Russell Lee IrbyRussell Lee Irby, 65, of Huntington, WV, left this world and entered Heaven on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House after a long battle with cancer. He was born on November 20, 1950 in Huntington, son of the late Bert Irby and Ruth Frye Irby. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Richard Irby, his stepmother, Thelma Ensley Irby, and a special aunt and uncle who he lived with while he was growing up, Ruth and Walter Clary. Russell attended Cabell County Schools and graduated from Huntington East High School in 1969. Immediately after high school, he joined the United States Navy and fulfilled his dream of becoming a Navy Frogman and SEAL. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S Class 57) at Coronado, California in 1970, and served with UDT 12 during the Vietnam War. He was a retired employee of Cabell County Board of Education and a member of River Cities Community Church for over 40 years where he served as a trustee and an usher. He was very talented and skilled in carpentry work and enjoyed building things and working outside in his yard. He was always willing to help anyone in need and did many good deeds behind the scenes that others knew nothing about because he preferred not to take credit or draw attention to himself. He was a hard worker all of his life and a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Brenda Evans Irby, whom he married on December 18,1971, two daughters and a son-in-law, Rebecca Brammer and Melissa and Brad Curry, all of Barboursville, a son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Danielle Irby of Huntington, nine precious grandchildren who adored him, Emily McCormick, A.J., Titus, and Jeremiah Irby, Hope, Zac, and Abby Brammer, and Trevor and Tanner Curry, a sister, Sharon Beach of Grovetown, Georgia, several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio by Pastor Larry Greene. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, WV. Visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made in Russell’s name to Hospice of Huntington. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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There are currently 16 condolences.

Rev. Bryan Garra
Friday July 8, 2016 at 1:53 AM

Lisa and I extend our deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends. God is with you, every step of the way.
Shirley Crawford Bailey
Wednesday July 6, 2016 at 10:20 PM

I am so sorry for your loss of your good loving husband & father.
John Hanna
Wednesday July 6, 2016 at 8:21 PM

To the Irby Family I am so sorry for your loss. Russell was a fine man and a great asset to Cabell County Schools. John Hanna-retired principal Southside Elementary
Steven Elwood
Tuesday July 5, 2016 at 1:10 PM

RIP my brother.
Patricia Ryan
Tuesday July 5, 2016 at 12:58 PM

My deepest condolences to Brenda and her beautiful family. Russell led a life of service--to his country, his community and his family. What a good man has entered Heaven this week. God bless and comfort all of you during this difficult time. With love, Pat
Tuesday July 5, 2016 at 10:55 AM

So sorry to hear about Russell's passing. I wish I had grown up knowing him. He sounds like an amazing man who accomplushed a lot. Aunt Ruth was my mother's sister. Condolences to his wife and family.
Connie Stinnett
Tuesday July 5, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Matt: I am so very sorry about the loss of your Father. May God Bless your family during this difficult time.
Rod and Karen Kearney
Monday July 4, 2016 at 9:35 PM

A wonderful family man who will be very sadly missed by those who loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Brenda, your children and grandchildren. Keep those lovely memories of Russell in your heart always.
Crystal Cosby
Monday July 4, 2016 at 6:18 PM

So sorry for your loss, Sending prayers and hugs your way...
George Hogsett
Monday July 4, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Sorry for your loss Brenda, I worked with Russell on the asbestos team at the board. He was a hard working man,and a friend He will be truly missed.
Christine McCarthy
Sunday July 3, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Hi Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Stay Strong. I meet you at the Walton Reunion several years ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Christine McCarthy
Sunday July 3, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. I met you at the WALTONS Reuion several years ago. Again, thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathy and Mark Simpkins.
Sunday July 3, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Dear Russell, we will miss you so much! We will look after Brenda and make sure she is well cared for. All our love, Kathy and Mark.
Jor and Cindy Adler
Sunday July 3, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Go rest high on that mountain Son, your work on earth is done Go to heaven a shoutin' Love for the Father and the Son We miss you Russell!
Daniela Fabbian
Sunday July 3, 2016 at 8:58 PM

So very sorry for loss. Rest in peace Russell
Paul & Kimberly Hilliard
Sunday July 3, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Rest in Peace Russell. We will miss you tremendously.

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