Donald Dean Irby of Durham, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, Oct.19, 2021, at the age of 56. He was born in Halifax County on Dec. 8, 1964 to Donald Haygood Irby and Alta Kay “Katie” Paschall.

Dean was a proud member of the Army National Guard. He was employed with North Carolina DOT in road maintenance. He had a love of all things Sci-Fi and outer space, as well as being a self-proclaimed nerd for DC and Marvel Comics.

He is survived by his mother, Katie; daughter Tiffany Michelle Irby of New Jersey; sisters Lisa Powell of Austin, Texas and April Hawkins (Jimmy) of Roxboro, North Carolina; brothers Steve Irby of Roxboro, North Carolina and Gary Irby; and special friend Dara Lockamy of Roxboro, North Carolina. 

A son, Jonathan Blake Irby, preceded him in death.

A Memorial Service for Dean will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Halifax Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, 1-2 p.m.

The family requests those wishing to give memorials consider Mission 22, 694 N. Larch Street #910, Sisters, OR 97759.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.