of Deceased: Laurens Hunter Irby
Newspaper: The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 13, 1946
Submitters Name: Bea. Adams King
MRS. L. H. IRBY DIES AT WOODRUFF
Woodruff, S.C., June 6. - Funeral services for Mrs. Laurens Hunter Irby, 78, prominent church and civic leader, who died at her home this morning, will be held at ? Friday afternoon at the home, conducted by the Rev. W.W. Preston. Interment will be the Presbyterian Church yard.
Mrs. Irby, the former Miss Annie White of Drakes Branch, has been in Woodruff for fifty years. She has taught music, English and expression in the Woodruff schools. She was married to Dr. Irby in 1898. Her husband died July 1924.
Mrs. Irby was instrumental in organizing the Timrod Library of which she was president and a charter member. She has always been active in cultural affairs. She is well known for her art work in oil painting and she has painted many pictures which are now in Woodruff homes and business houses. She was president of the Enoree Presbyterial and took active part in the work of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as president of the auxiliary and taught the Woman's Bible Class for 40 years. Mrs. Irby was also head of the Woodruff civic club, and art club and a member of the Varina Davis Chapter of the U.D.C., and the Eureka Book Club. She was also one of the sponsors of the flower show.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harold James; two grand-daughters, Mary Ann and Jenny James of the home; two step-children, George Irby of Woodruff and Mrs. Archie Willis of Charlotte, and a sister, Mrs. Walter S. Gray.