MERIDIAN — Services for Jacqueline Irby will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Causeyville with Rev. Gregory Baylor officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery, with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Crowell Irby was born Jan. 17, 1950, in Meridian. She departed this life on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the home of her beloved sister Amanda, “Mandy”, as Jackie called her. She loved herself some “Mandy”.
She was the daughter of Gladys Easley Clark. She was adopted and reared by Elgene and Pearlie Crowell. She attended Triplett Elementary School, Stevenson Vocational High School, Middleton Attendance Center, and Ellisville State School.
She married Chester Irby and was a loving, dutiful wife.
Jackie had a passion for helping others. She would drive church members to town to shop, to pay bills, and to doctor’s appointments. She would also pick them up on Sunday mornings for church. Sometimes she would just drop in to check on a person who was sick and/or shut in. Jackie was loyal to family and friends; she was a kind, sweet, gentle spirit person who never met a stranger.
Her favorite pastime was watching game shows, especially The Price Is Right. She loved catalog shopping – buying the latest dress suit, the latest household gadget, the latest gardening tool, and/or the latest fishing equipment. She loved tailgating with the Meridian Alumni Chapters of Alcorn State University, though she didn’t care much for football itself.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Chester Irby of Meridian; a sister, Amanda Carter (Roosevelt) of Meridian; two nephews, Minister Kelvin Andrell Carter of St. Louis, Mo. and Reginald Tyrell Carter (Daffary); their children, Ryan and Gavin of Memphis, Tenn., a niece, Kimberly Rochelle Carter and her children: Kayla, KiMiyah, Timothy Jr., Karter, Kashius, Kadene and Kingston of Meridian; her aunts, Earnestine Easley of Meridian, Julia Nell Williamson and Margorie Walker of Joliet, Ill.; two brother-in-laws, Chris Irby of Meridian and Nemiah Irby (Laura) of Meridian; her step children, Ricky M. Irby of Meridian, Gregory Irby, Debbie Ann Irby and Donald Wayne Irby; eight step-grandchildren, all of Sharon, Pa.; a host of cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Easley Clark; adopted parents, Elgene and Pearlie Crowell; grandparents, Abel and Amanda Easley and William and Callie Crowell.
Visitation will be held Friday from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home and at the church one hour prior to services.