Mr. James William “Willie” Irvan, age 82, a resident of Mountainburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
He was born to William Henry and Maudie Ethel Collum Irvan in Horatio, Arkansas, on January 18, 1931. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the U. S. Air Force. He was owner and operator at Frozen Food Express, and was a Baptist. He enjoyed truck driving, hunting, fishing, and visiting with and teasing family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, E. L. Irvan, and a daughter, Patsy Irvan, and a great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Ackerman.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, two sons and daughters-in-law, James William, Jr. “Bill” and Virginia Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, and Carroll and Laura Stewart of Abbeville, Georgia, two daughters and a son-in-law, Terry DeLaGarza of New Boston, Texas, and Toni and Tracy Guymon of Waxahachie, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy Lee and Mary Jane Woodall of Horatio, Ark., a sister, Judy Booth of Carrolton, Texas, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Willie Irvan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 21st in the Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas with Bro. Heath Daniel officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends and family at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, December 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.