Retired Piggott Businessman Bill Irby Dead at 84

Thursday, November 1, 2018
William Claude "Bill" Irby

Long-time Piggott area business man, and community activist, William Claude “Bill” Irby died Friday, October 26, 2018, at Piggott Community Hospital. He was 84.

A native of Pontiac, Mich., Irby attended the University of Arkansas where he played baseball for the Razorbacks. Afterward, he married Beverly Ann Underwood, in December of 1955.

After he completed college he joined the United States Air Force. Attaining the rank of First Lieutenant, he served as a pilot from 1957 to 1960 and was stationed in Germany.

Returning to Piggott, he started Irby Ford Sales and owned and operated the dealership from 1960 to 1976. He was also the owner of Irby Super Saver, which he acquired in 1976 and sold in 1998. Thanks to his business efforts he was always known as a skilled entrepreneur.

Throughout the years Irby also worked to promote the city, and was a member of the delegation which traveled to Chicago, and sealed the deal which brought the Gossard Company to Piggott in 1970. For many years he chaired the local Economic Development Committee.

Irby was an active member of the congregation of the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, a lover of University of Arkansas sports, an avid golfer and an enthusiastic traveler. He was also involved in a number of local clubs and organizations.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 29, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott. The family requests that memorials be made to the Children's Home Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Ark., 72450, or to the charity of the giver's choice.

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