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Mary Alice Irwin


Mary Alice Irwin, 92, of Jonesborough, passed away Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Born on July 7th, 1928 on the family farm on Stuart’s Hill, she was a life-long resident of Washington County and the youngest of the eight children of Demarcus Jackson Rogers and Lola Smith Rogers.

She was an educator and coach in Washington County schools, teaching at Lamar High School, Jonesboro High School, and David Crockett High School. At Crockett, she established the female athletic sports programs with Katie Wilhoit and Ernestine Renfro. She was the school’s first head women’s basketball and softball coach. The softball field at Crockett is named in her honor. In 2016, she was inducted with the inaugural class into Crockett’s Sports Hall of Fame.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded by her husband, Ned C. Irwin, and by her siblings: Lula Pearl Rogers Tittle, Gladys Pauline Rogers Ingle, Theodore Rogers, Rebecca Rogers Cox, Charles W. Rogers, Albert D. Rogers, and Lawrence B. Rogers.

She is survived by her sons Ned L. Irwin (wife Amy) and Gary Irwin, all of Jonesborough, and grandson Allen Haynes Irwin, Knoxville; several nieces and nephews; and her life-long friend Ernestine Renfro.

She was a member of Jonesborough United Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery. The Reverend Douglas Grove-DeJarnett is officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pat Summitt Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902 or Munsey Preschool, P. O. Box 1336, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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Diana O’Neal
So sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman! I was fortunate to know her as a teacher and then in the DDS office. It was always a pleasure to talk with her. I can still see her with her two friends that shared a special bond. What a great team they were at DCHS and in life!
Dena (Shell) Straw
My BB coach at Crockett. So sorry to hear of her passing.
Bob and. Pam Stoots
Ned and Gary sorry for the loss of your MOTHER. She was a fine Lady.
Hobart Powell & family
So very sorry for your loss! I have such great memories of our families through the years on Jackson Lane/old Jonesborough Hwy, Jonesboro High School, and Davy Crockett High School. She was a great teacher and a great friend! Sorry I couldn’t be there in person at the graveside service, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all!
gary and sharon woods
sorry for your loss. mrs. irwin was or teacher at jonesboro high school. she was a good teacher and a very nice lady.
Mary Kaye Brobeck O'Brien
Ned and Gary, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a sweet lady, and I have many fond memories of her. Keeping your family in my prayers. Sending sympathy to your entire family.
Lisa & Jerry Miller
So sorry for your loss, Maryalice was a wonderful lady & the best neighbor we will miss her dearly.
Russell Treadway
Irwin Family. You have our sincerest condolences in the loss of Coach Irwin. She was a tremendous role model for all the children she taught and coached. DCHS was fortunate to have this dedicated educator as a member of its staff. May God Bless all of you during this difficult time.
Shelia Payne Cloyd
Prayers for your family. Your mother was a good woman she will be missed.
Lila Tittle
Sorry for your loss.
Lisa Payne Morley
So very sorry for your loss. I have such good memories of Mrs. Irwin from PE class at DCHS in 1980-81. I remember that she had a warm smile and a good ear if you needed to talk to someone. She was a wonderful teacher/coach and had a positive impact on literally thousands of lives. That’s an awesome legacy! Prayers for the family.
Patsy Rice
Please accept my Deepest Sympathy on the loss of this fine lady. She made an impression on many, many students. I graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1969 and Ms. Renfro was my gym teacher. She encouraged us to excel and succeed in our efforts. I know I tried harder because of her.
Stella coffey turnmire-lewis
Ned jr i am sorry about your mom she was wonderful teacher also your dad was too my prayers r with u and your family during this time
Trish McNeil bradshaw
I remember mrs Irwin from my high school years. She was a wonderful lady