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Charles Kenneth Irby Sr.

Published 4:33pm Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Charles Kenneth Irby Sr.

December 14, 2013

Charles Kenneth Irby, Sr., passed from this life on Saturday Morning, Dec. 14, 2013 at Russellville Hospital from complications of a heart attack. He was 78 years of age.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Pinkard Funeral Home in Russellville, with Reverend Chilton Busler officiating.

Burial followed in Franklin Memory Gardens in Russelville.  Visitation was prior to the service at the funeral home.

C.K., as he was known by friends and business associates, was born in Bastop, La. on Aug. 9, 1935.

He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and played on the 1958 and 1959 MSU football team. He was a long time member of the Elks Lodge 820 in Florence and was recently selected to the Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of fame where he began his college football career.

CK’s passions were business and helping those who needed help. He developed many multifamily projects, golf course, fitness center, the nursery business and also helping those with substance abuse issues.

Survivors include his children Cindy Ann Pierce of Lake Jackson, Texas, Ken Irby, Jr., Florence, Sarah Beall of Tuscumbia, Robert Irby, Tuscumbia, and Leslie Chilton of Greensboro, N.C.; Sisters, JoAnn Hughes, Miami, Okla., brothers Emmett Irby and Dan Irby both of Bastop, La.; grandchildren Kyle Pierce, Allison Pierce, Robert Beall, Brian Beall, Charles Kenneth Irby, Mary Kate Beall, Glenn Irby, Jack Irby, Madelyn Irby, Tyler Chilton and Drew Chilton, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Lenoir and Maude Irby; sister Doilene Akins.

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