Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary M. Irvin, Thursday, February 8, 2001, 12:00 P.M., Chapel of Hutchings Funeral Home, Rev. Gabriel Hardeman, Officiating, Interment, Woodlawn Memorial Park, "Hutchings Service"

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Near shady wall a rose once grew, Budded and blossomed in God's free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew, Shedding its sweetness day and night.
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall, Slowly rising to loftier height, It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.
Onward it crept with added strength With never a thought of fear or pride, It followed the light through the crevice's length And unfolcied itself on the other side.
The light, the dew, the broadening view Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new, Breathing its fragrance more and more.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive The rose still grows beyond the wall.
Scattering fragrance far and wide Just as it did in days of yore, Just as it did on the other side, Just as it will forevermore.


Kenneth Hall Peter Taylor David Chapman

Marion McMillan, Jr. Nathaniel Balkcom Tommy Singleton

Time is not measured By the years that you live But by the deeds that you do, And the joy that you give And each day as it comes Brings a chance to each one
To love to the fullest, Leave nothing undone That would brighten the life
or lighten the load Of some weary traveler Lost on life's road So what does it matter How long we may live
If as long as we live
We unselfishly give.

The family of the late Mary Irvin wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many comforting messages, floral tributes, prayers and many other expressions of kindness and concern evidenced at this time in thought and deed.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2001 12:00 P.M.

Mary Irvin was born in Macon, Georgia to the parentage of the late John and Mariah Dixon McMillan. She attended M.M. Burdell Elementary School, Hudson High School and Fort Valley State College.
Mary joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church at an early age, where she was affiliated with various auxiliaries including the Senior Choir and the church club.
She was a retired school teacher from the Bibb County Board of Education. During her career, she worked with many school organizations and functions, including former PTA President. She also worked with the Girl Scouts and March of Dimes.
She leaves to mourn her passing: her devoted husband, Herman L. Irvin; two loving sons, Alvin Charles Irvin and Willie Herman Irvin, both of Macon, Georgia; a sister, Mariah Bailey; and a brother, John McMillan, both of Macon, Georgia; nieces and nephews, Alice B. (Roosevelt) Simpkins of South Carolina, Gwendolyn (Emmett) Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Marvin Bailey and Marion (Rosalind) McMillan, Jr., of Macon, Georgia, Karen McMillan of Alexandria, Virginia, Michael McMillan of Illinois, Naomi McMillan (William) Fennell of Woodbridge, Virginia, and Kenneth McMillan of Port Irwin, California; and a host of loving relatives and friends.

She is the lovely rose beyond the wall
in God's Heavenly Home. She lived in the house by the side of the road
and she was a friend to many. She was a wife
with boundless loyalty. She was a mother with helping hands. Her soul has wings
and longs to rise above to dwell in peace
with God's eternal love. She is now a lovely rose
beyond the wall
~J in God's Heavenly rose garden.
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ORDER OF SERVICE Processional Hymn of Comfort ............................... Abide With Me Prayer of Consolation ...... Rev. Gabriel Hardeman Selection ........................................ Mr. Thomas Bailey Liturgy of the Word
Old Testament .......................... Rev. Johnny Cash New Testament ................ Rev. Charles Richards Selection ........................................ Mr. Thomas Bailey Eulogy ................................... Rev. Gabriel Hardeman Recessional