Alma Irby ‘Lad’ 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 25, 2021. She was the daughter of Henry Jackson and LuLa Mae Dunlap. Born August 24, 1934, she was known by many names, ‘Grams’ the name given to her by her grandson Reggie, ‘Lad’ the name given to her by her South Carolina family, and ‘Nana’ the name her great-grandchildren called her.
She endured beyond the deaths of five brothers, Sonny, Benny, Mike, Calvin and BayJay, two sisters Agnes ‘Aunt Niney’, Ola B ‘Peaches,’ and she is survived by her baby sister Velma ‘Luddie’. She attended school in Calhoun Falls, South Carolina. She met and married Walter Irby Sr. and relocated to Philadelphia, PA. Their marriage consummated four children. Walter Irby Jr, (deceased), Gwen Irby, Denise Reeder, and Steven V. Irby.
She worked and retired from Nation Ruskin Sponge Company. Her fighting spirit called her to serve as a Teamster Local 115 Union delegate at Nation Ruskin Sponge Company, she boldly sold her home upon retirement and moved back to her hometown of Calhoun Falls, South Carolina.
She enjoyed being an Usher at Holy Rock Baptist Church, and was a member for many years. She also enjoyed singing on the choir, being a member of the Mims Community Center and The Abbeville Making A Difference Club where she enjoyed traveling. Spending time with family were her most cherished moments.
Cherished Grandmother to Reginald M. Irby and the late Erica D. Irby, and affectionate Great-Grandmother to Kenyatta C. Dekeyser, Joseph E. Miller, and Reginald ‘RJ’ M. Irby Jr.
She leaves to mourn a host of nieces and nephews. She will be missed and forever loved by all of her family and friends and those who cherished her as a second mom and grandma. The list is endless. Being blessed with her God-Given spirit will remain in the vault of our hearts forever.
Respectfully the Funeral Home will have limited space and will be private to immediate family and friends.
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