JOE NEAL IRWIN
Joe Neal Irwin died Sept. 10, 2023. He was 84 years old. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan Irwin. Joe is also survived by: Three sons, Richard (Chrysti) Irwin, Christopher Irwin, and Andrew Irwin; and two grandchildren, Daniel Irwin and Deborah Irwin. Joe was born in Somerset, Ky., and raised in Waynesboro, Tenn. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Lucille and Leighton Irwin; sister, Jacque Sue Freeze; and brothers, Bobby Irwin, Jimmy Irwin, and Billy Irwin (who died in infancy). Joe is survived by his younger brother, Guy Irwin. Joe was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the Farm Credit Administration as a bank examiner, and previously had a long career in banking, eventually serving as president of two banks. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee (where he met Joan) and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Joe loved golf, woodworking, landscaping in his yard, and camping in the mountains. He was a lifelong fan of the Tennessee Vols. He not only organized many family reunions through the years, he insisted that they be filled with laughter and fun, including talent contests and other fun activities. He travelled far and wide to support his sons in their various endeavors, including performances, weddings, graduations, and all-important events. He also never missed an opportunity to dance the jitterbug with Joan. A celebration of Joe Irwin’s life was at held at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., Saturday Sept. 16, 2023, and is available to watch online. Interment occurred at the Chilhowhee Cemetery in Seymour.