Bonita Stinecipher Irwin passed peaceably into the Lord’s arms February 15, 2020 at Methodist Medical Center. She was born May 25, 1920 to Joseph Henry and Sarah Arminda Stinecipher in the former Wheat community. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fernde and siblings Marvin, Annette and Gertrude.
She is survived by children, Dr. L. Gene Irvin (Barbara) and Pamela Purdy (Tom); six grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.
She was an active member of Dyllis Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities, including Sunday School teacher, choir member and WMU director. She was passionate about preserving the history of the Wheat community. She was a source of information, providing photos and memories of the community to DOE and the city of Oak Ridge. She was also an avid sports fan. She loved basketball and played with the Wheat High School as a seventh grader. She won many awards and continued her play in the Senior Olympics until her eighties.
The family will be receiving friends Tuesday, February 18 at Premier Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs from 5-7pm. Funeral will follow in the chapel with Rev. Waylan Payne and Rev. James Griffith officiating. Burial will be at Crawford Presbyterian Cemetery in Oak Ridge on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:00am. Premier Sharp Funeral Home is proudly serving the Irwin family and we invite you to share a message of condolence to the family at www.sharpfh.com
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