Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC


Irving Rion Alvey

December 24, 1924June 28, 2020

COLUMBIA - Irving Rion Alvey died Sunday, June 28, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Frederick H. Alvey; her three sons, Frederick H. “Ricky” Alvey, Jr., Aubrey Randolph “Randy” Alvey and Holbrook “Rion” Alvey; sister, Mary Berry Wittenburg; brother-in-law, Phillip Wittenburg; and several nieces and nephews. Irving, nicknamed “Doodie,” was born December 24, 1924 in Columbia, the daughter of the late A. Holbrook “Happy” Rion and Willowdene B. Elliott Rion. She was educated in Columbia, graduating from Dreher High School and the University of South Carolina. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, while living in the area with her husband “Hamp,” who is a retired FBI agent. Irving taught High School English in Virginia, Missouri and Illinois, and retired from Midlands Technical College in Columbia. She received her Phi Beta Kappa Key from USC and was president of the Tri Delta Sorority. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Aubrey and Wallace Rion; and sister, Mrs. Alva Lumpkin. Memorials may be made to St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue, Columbia, SC 29206; or a charity of one’s choice. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


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Hazel Brandt

July 2, 2020

Doodie was a wonderful mother-in-law, mother and grandmother to my children. She always welcomed us to her home with a gorgeous smile, and we treasure the extended visits she and Hamp shared with us in California. I feel so fortunate to have known her over the past 20 years, so many wonderful memories, especially when my kids were young. Doodie and Hamp were magic with our children, our home always happier and fuller when they were visiting. Doodie loved floral arrangements, too, and I will remember her when my flower garden blooms and graces my home with a bit of beauty. We will miss her so much. Hazel

Jeanette Alvey Reynolds

July 1, 2020

Aunt Doodie was a wonderful Southern lady who will be missed. I always enjoyed her visits to Catharpin with Uncle Hamp. I'll remember her warm hug, the twinkle in her eyes and her gorgeous smile.
Uncle Hamp, I'm so sorry for the loss of the love of your life. Rick, Randy, and Rion, I'm saddened you've lost your mom. She left each of you with many warm memories you'll have forever.
Much love,
Jeanette and Rodney

Fletcher Spigner

June 29, 2020

Being neighbors, friends, associates and kin by marriage to the Rion-Lumpkin families, this is a personal loss for the Spigner Family and me.

The world is changing, and this is a real loss.

God bless all of you.

Fletcher Spigner III
Lexington/Columbia, SC