2014-03-13 / Obituaries


Richard “Dick” Andrew Irons, 80, of Thomasville died March 7, 2014 at Thomasville Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 7, 1933 in Thomasville. He graduated from Thomasville High School. After graduation he joined the United States Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. After being discharged from the Army he worked as an Alabama State Trooper for several years and then was transferred to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department as an agent. He left that position to become Chief of Police in Thomasville upon the retirement of his father-in-law, Edward C. Maness. He served as chief until his retirement. He was a member of the Thomasville United Methodist Church. He was an avid Auburn fan. He loved animals, especially horses and dogs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lenore Maness Irons.

Survivors include two nieces, Ronda Maness Vanderheiden and Lisa Maness Summitt; sister-in-law, Josephine Duke Maness, all of Hattiesburg, Miss.

The service was March 10 at 10 a.m. at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. George Sedberry officiating. Burial was at the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Norman Loper, Johnny Champion, John Collins, Adam Gunter, Robert Gibson, and Johnny Doggette.

Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed. (8-1tp)

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