Clarence Newburn "Clay" Irby – a 92 year-old native of Mobile and longtime resident of Satsuma passed away Monday, December 10, 2012. Mr. Irby retired from Delta Airlines as a sales manager after 37 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for various organizations including the City of Mobile, the Salvation Army, and Bradford. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Satsuma. He will long be remembered by many for his phone call rendition of Happy Birthday to the members of the First Baptist Churches of Satsuma and Chickasaw. Mr. Irby was preceded in death by his parents, Zachery W. and Mary Ella Hicks Irby; brother, Harold Irby; sisters, Corinne Rogers, Marie Andrews, and Mildred Busey; nephew, Daryl Busey; and stepson, William M. Haupt, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Gloria Haupt Irby; stepchildren, Carol Myers (George), Katherine Henson (Mike), Al Haupt (Wilma), and Elizabeth Haupt Johnson; nephew, Timothy Irby and family; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Saraland on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 noon until the service hour. Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made the First Baptist Church of Satsuma. Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome-saraland.com.
Arrangements by Radney Funeral Home, 1200 Industrial Parkway, Saraland, Alabama 36571.