James "Jim" Irvin, Sr., 81, resident of the Ashland Community, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Friday morning August 16, 2019 following an extended illness.
Funeral Services, with Military Honors, will be at 11 AM Thursday August 22 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home with long time friend, Bro. Buddy Sides officiating. Burial will follow in Tippah Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5 PM to 8 PM Wednesday August 21 and will continue at 8 AM Thursday August 22 at The Ripley Funeral Home
The last surviving child of sixteen, Mr. Irvin was born August 8, 1938 in McKan Dree, West Virginia, the son of the late Vollie and Lily Cox Irvin. He received his education in the Beckley, West Virginia School System and moved to Pennsylvania where he was employed as a carpenter for companies that included Atlantic Concrete Company and Frankford Supply Company.
Mr. Irvin moved with his family to the Ashland Community in 1981 and was employed with Pep Industries and Cubicon Corporation until his retirement. He will be remembered for his love of deer hunting, fishing, watching wrestling and old westerns on television. A loving father and grandfather, Mr. Irvin will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Those left to honor his memory include four daughters, Donna Irvin Forrest (Don) of Bristol, PA, Cindy White (David) of Ecru, Terren Ahlum of Ashland and Kelli Ahlum of Blue Mountain, three sons, James "Jimmy" Irvin, Jr. (Cindy) of Philadelphia, PA, Ricky Irvin (Monica) of Croydon, PA and Billy "Scooter" Ahlum (Terri) of Holly Springs, fourteen grandchildren, Nicole Irvin, Tommy Sands (Tomi), Danielle Kasperitis (Carl), Shannon Sands (Paul), Rick Irvin, Jr., Debbie Frederick (James), Katrina Ahlum, Tina Floyd, William Ahlum (Sheila), Seira Dillard (Rodney), James Ahlum (Katlin), April Matthews (Chris), Michael Miller (Jennifer) and Jimmy Ahlum (Hannah), twenty-seven great grandchildren and his loyal pet canine "Bear".
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Billie Harmon Irvin, his former wife and friend, Rose Dorsey Irvin, fifteen siblings and two great granddaughters.
The Ripley Funeral Home is honored to serve the Irvin family and invites you to share memories.
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