Gail Lee (Wood) Irvin

June 23, 1936February 1, 2019

Gail Lee Wood Irvin was born in Savannah, GA on June 23, 1936 and passed away February 1, 2019. The daughter of Rennah Lee Wood and William Dillard Wood, she grew up traveling the south as her father’s job was establishing water lines through the area. Attending a new school every year of her childhood she learned to make new friends quickly, a necessity that would serve her well in traveling the world in later life. She graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta in 1952 and went on to attend Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. While in Macon, Gail met her future husband and soul mate T Irvin on a blind date. They were married on June 4, 1955 and made their home in Atlanta. Gail attended nursing school at Crawford Long. She and T had two daughters, Cindy and Diane. Gail always had fun with the neighborhood kids, telling ghost stories that many remember to this day. She had fun with her girls, whether dancing down the grocery aisles at Ogletree’s or later planning debutante parties and weddings. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf at the Capital City Club and later at Greenwich Country Club in Connecticut. Community service was always important whether it be teaching adult literacy, working the Atlanta Classic Golf tournament as a volunteer or serving many years as a Pink Lady at Northside Hospital. She was also a Sunday school teacher at Oak Grove UMC and St. John UMC and became a Stephens Minister at Clayton First UMC. Gail and T were always a team in raising family and in corporate life. Gail was always supportive traveling the world with T, throwing spectacular parties such as their annual Kentucky Derby party and eventually leaving her beloved Georgia to establish a new home in Greenwich, Connecticut while T worked in New York City. They also shared a flat in London, England and literally traveled all around the world. Upon her husband’s retirement they were once again back in Georgia spending most of their time at their beautiful “Hidin’ Place” on Lake Burton. Long boat rides and spending time at Water Fall Country Club with family and friends made life sweet. In retirement, Gail and T became active members of Clayton First UMC, attending Sunday school class where they made many treasured friends. Gail supported F.A.I.T.H. in Clayton which serves women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. She was also a member of the Clayton Garden Club. Recent years have found Gail and T living in their newest beautiful home at Lenbrook in Atlanta. She was tenderly aided by several devoted caregivers, all whom we greatly appreciate. Gail was a dedicated wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved her family fiercely. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jackie Wood Cureton and her granddaughter Erin Irvin Aivalotis. She will be dearly missed by her husband Tinsley H. Irvin “T”, daughters Cindy Aivalotis (Ron), Diane Christian (Michael) and grandchildren Stephen Christian (Alyssa), Avery Christian, Cole Aivalotis and Meggie Aivalotis, or, as their Muv called them, Nina, A.G., Cole Man and Meggie Moo, her beloved sister, Nancy Wood Stiles of Gainesville, Georgia, and her nieces and nephew all of whom she loved dearly. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 8 at Oak Grove UMC, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA, 30033. Services will be officiated by Rev. Glenn Ethridge and Rev. Jeremy Lawson. A reception will be held at the church immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to F.A.I.T.H., PO Box 1964, Clayton, GA, 30525.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 8, 2019

Gail Lee (Wood) Irvin

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Kathleen Fischer Eidbo

February 7, 2019

My dear "Aunty" Gail will be missed by me and so many. She was always the life of the party and full of laughs. She had a tender soft side too. When I was little, I remember spending the night at her house on Crossgate while she and Uncle T entertained my parents downstairs. Aunty Gail would always scratch my back until I went to sleep. She hosted a bridesmaid luncheon in my honor when I got married. She was a super lady who always brought a smile to all those she encountered. I am praying for God's comfort for "Uncle" T, Cindy, Diane and the rest of the family. Sending love and hugs, Kathleen Eidbo (Tom and Gig's daughter)

Sylvia Hodges

February 6, 2019

When Gene and I moved from Atlanta to Lake Burton, we joined Gail and T's Sunday School class at Clayton First United Methodist Church. Very soon the friendship began. We had such happy times together. Her quick wit and priceless sense of humor brought much laughter and fun to many occasions.

On the Board of FAITH, Gail and I worked closely together as we approached possible donors to our deeply valued organization. She was very conscientious and worked tirelessly.

She was a wonderful friend to me. She and T both were great friends to Gene and me. She loved T and her family dearly, and now is at home with her beloved Jesus Christ.

Sylvia Hodges

Caroline Wallis

February 4, 2019

I fell in love with Gail just as soon as I met her. She was interested in serving on the Board of Directors at FAITH and I was thrilled to share all that we do. She never looked back. She joined the Board full steam ahead and made a huge impact on the organization and me. Gail became a friend for life. Her spirit will continue to shine through our work at the shelter for domestic violence victims. We have a special plaque in honor of her and T that hangs proudly in our shelter. Gail was truly the best of the best.

Sally Slay

February 4, 2019

With sorrow and love I remember so many wonderful times with Gail and T at our beautiful Lake Burton homes.
The dinner parties, the happy hours sitting on the deck, the boat rides into the river rapids plus so many great times with great friends for approximately twenty years as neighbors.
I also remember your visits to Sanibel . Entertaining you here in our world.
Will always have a soft spot and very many great memories of my friend Gail.
With loving memory and sympathy to you T and your wonderful family
Sally Slay