Bentley William “Boots” Irby, Sr. of Nathalie, VA passed away October 28, 2020.  He was born in Halifax County on August 23, 1937, and was 83 years of age. He was the son of the late Adolphus Merlin Irby and the late Katie Evelyn Irby. He was married to the late Shirley Childress Irby.

He owned and operated Irby’s Place and upon his retirement he was a courier for the Halifax County School System.

He is survived by his children, Penny Irby Jordon (Rayford) of Nathalie, Bentley William “Billy” Irby of Nathalie; Three grandchildren, Samantha Hall (Grant) of Roanoke, Denver Milton of Christiansburg and Kristen Evans (Zach) of South Hill; One sister, Helen Fallen of Halifax and one brother, Jimmy Irby of Dublin.  

 He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Irby and his siblings, Wayne “Red” Irby, Ronald “Duck” Irby, Rosser Irby, Pete Irby, Vida Perkins and Aretta Lane

A memorial service was held Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 3:00 P.M. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Eldridge Cullum officiating. 

The family received friends at his home, 1013 Dusty Road, Nathalie, VA 24577.

For memorials please consider American Lung Association, 630 Churchmen’s Rd, Newark, DE 19702.

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Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.