Mr. Wayne G. Irvin, age 81, formerly of Swainsboro, presently of Adrian, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, February 9, 2021, at Bethany Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Vidalia. Funeral services were conducted and livestreamed Thursday, February 11, at 2 p.m. at the Blackville Church of God with Pastor Kip Boswell officiating. The family received friends on Thursday at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Mr. Irvin will be laid to rest with his parents and brothers in the family plot in Swainsboro City Cemetery.
Born in Carrolton, GA, he was the eldest of four children born to the late H. C. and Janie McRae Irvin. As a young child, the family moved to Swainsboro where Wayne was a graduate of Swainsboro High School Class of 1957. As a teenager, he worked in the family business, Irvin Implement Company, (the John Deere Dealership), which he would become the second-generation owner/operator until retiring in the mid 1970s. Mr. Irvin was meticulous and accomplished in everything he did, including woodworking, rebuilding John Deere engines, refurbishing old classic cars, Indian motorcycles, and taste testing Banana Pudding. He loved gospel music and was always standing and clapping, (sometimes in rhythm, sometimes not), and praising at the Blackville Church of God. In addition to his parents, Mr. Irvin is preceded in death by his two brothers, Sidney McLain Irvin and William McRae (Billy Mac) Irvin.
Mr. Irvin leaves behind his wife, Joan Rowland Irvin of Adrian; children, Wayne “Noot” Irvin (Karen) of Swainsboro, Regina Harrell (Mike) of North Augusta, SC, Renee Martin of North Augusta, SC, Jay DeWayne Irvin (Kristie) of Swainsboro, Jeff Eno (Kristi) of Canton, and Missy Eno of Murfreesboro, TN; sister, Linda Winn (Walter) of NC; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew.
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