Bruce ‘Tobe’ Irvin Sr.

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 20, 2009

Services for Bruce “Tobe” Irvin Sr., of Columbia, were 1 p.m.Monday, Feb. 16, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Columbia.

Mr. Irvin, 93, died Feb. 11, 2009. He was born in Columbia onApril 3, 1915, to Charlie Pet and Beulah Mingo Irvin.

He worked many years as a truck driver with Grays Ice Cream,delivering milk and ice cream locally. Mr. Irvin also worked forPioneer Recovery retiring after 35 years of dedicated service. Hewas a farmer, who raised hogs, cows and various produce. He wasknown for his smoked sausage and hog-head cheese. Mr. Irvinbelieved in the spirit of sharing and giving to families in hiscommunity. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, sharing with people andmaking people laugh. Mr. Irvin never met a stranger. He joined NewZion Methodist Church at an early age.

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Preceding him in death were his parents; and his 11siblings.

Survivors are his wife of 65 years, Lula Irvin; his sons, BruceIrvin Jr., of Wesson, Halbert Irvin, of Brookhaven, and MichaelIrvin, of Columbia; his daughters, Barbara Johnson, Brenda Luethje,Karen Irvin, of Columbia, and Jacqueline Simmons, of Albany, Ga.; abrother, Charlie Irvin, of Detroit, Mich.; his fourbrothers-in-law; his two sisters-in-law; his 19 grandchildren; andhis 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives andfriends.