John Alan Irby, born May 24, 1932 in Lake Worth, Texas, became at peace on September 2, 2018 at his residence in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 86. The Memorial Service, conducted by Brother Loyd Mabry, is 2 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service. Honorary Pallbearers: Daniel, Dorsey, Mike, Spencer, John Michael, and Jean-Luc.
Mr. Irby was a veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1953- 1955. He retired from C&D Safety Co in 1997. He moved his family from Ft. Worth to Nashville in the 1960’s to work for C&D Safety Co installing signs on Interstate 24, 20, and 65. He met and made many friends over the course of his career and still enjoyed a special friendship with his long-time friend Terry Phillips and wife Vickie.
Mr. Irby is survived by wife Jackie Irby, children Cheryl (Leslie) and Ben Irby, step-children Denise (Dorsey) Jackson and Mike Denton, grandchildren Daniel (Jo) Sanders, step-grandchildren Brittany Chappell, Peyton Jackson, John Michael and Isabell Denton, great-grandchildren Jean Luc and Taylor Sanders, Hannah and Emily Laufer and Austin Sanders-Joyner. He is preceded in death by parents Roy and Maud Bozzell Irby, seven siblings, Shirley Harmon Irby, mother of his children Cheryl, Ben Jack Irby and granddaughter Christy Sanders. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.