Ann Rainey Irvin

November 28, 1924April 29, 2021

Ann Rainey Irvin, 96, of Columbus, GA, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021.

A graveside service to celebrate Mrs. Irvin’s life will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Parkhill Cemetery with Reverend Daryl Brown officiating. The family will greet friends following the service at the graveside.

Ann was born November 28, 1924 in Dublin, Ga., the third child in a Methodist minister’s family. She graduated from Columbus High School and then continued her education at LaGrange College, where she earned a Home Economics degree. She used that degree working as Cafeteria Manager at both Daniel and Arnold Jr. High Schools.

Always generous and gracious, she would send visitors home with a goody bag of homemade cookies, sourdough bread or something special that she had made. She was known for her homemade sourdough bread, cinnamon raisin bread and especially her cheese straws. Friends were never surprised to find a loaf of freshly baked bread hanging on their doorknobs thanks to Ann. Ann shared a catering business with two friends for many years and was known as a great cook. A friend enjoyed Ann’s cooking so much she said, “You haven’t eaten until you have put your feet under Ann Irvin’s table.”

Ann was a sweet and giving person who would share anything she had and was always thinking of others before herself. She volunteered at the Brown Bag food pantry for many years, earning a special award for her service. She also made over 1,000 cloth bags for the shoppers at Brown Bag for their groceries. She volunteered in many other ways as her children were growing up through PTA and was a Cub Scout leader.

She enjoyed having family around and hosted holiday/ birthday meals year-round. She loved her children and grandchildren and welcomed them into her home any time they showed up. You always knew you were welcome. As a devoted Christian, she served at Rose Hill United Methodist faithfully and rarely missed a Sunday.

In her later years as her memory faded, she would still look for her late husband George and wonder when he would return to her. She was loved by many, especially her family. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed and always loved.

“Well done, good and faithful servant…” Her race is done, and she ran it to the fullest. She passed away peacefully with her children by her side. She loved her family well and served others without question or hesitation. This is the legacy she leaves for us.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Irvin, Sr., a son, Charles R. Irvin, a granddaughter, Jennifer Carmack, and three sisters, Emolyn Mount, Martha Thorne and Libby Certain.

Survivors include three children Pam Gilstrap and her husband, Bob, Linda Carmack and her husband, Ranny, and George T. Irvin, Jr., and his wife, Cindy; six grandchildren, Robyn Sugiura (Ken), Christopher Gilstrap (Constance), Kari Goodwin (Josh), Kaysen Carmack (Gus), Gabriel Irvin (Brittany), and Jarrod Irvin (Sara Katherine); thirteen great grandchildren, Emi, Mika, Kai, Abigail, Jacob, Orion (Haley), Amelia, Sylus, Gabriel, Mason, Cain, Anna, and Jaxon; one sister, Sue Harris, and one brother, Granville Rainey (Judy); Numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Mrs. Irvin to the Brown Bag Mission of Columbus, or PO Box 4828, Columbus, GA 31914.


  • Pam Gilstrap, Daughter
  • Linda Carmack, Daughter
  • George T. Irvin, Jr., Son
  • Bob Gilstrap, Son-in-law
  • Ranny Carmack, Son-in-law
  • Cindy Irvin, Daughter-in-law
  • Robyn Sugiura (Ken), Grandaughter
  • Christopher Gilstrap (Constance), Grandson
  • Kari Goodwin (Josh), Grandaughter
  • Kaysen Carmack (Gus), Grandaughter
  • Gabriel Irvin (Brittany), Grandson
  • Jarrod Irvin (Sara Katherine), Grandson
  • Thirteen great grandchildren, Emi, Mika, Kai, Abigail, Jacob, Orion (Haley), Amelia, Sylus, Gabriel, Mason, Cain, Anna, and Jaxon; one sister, Sue Harris, and one brother, Granville Rainey (Judy); Numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021


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Pat (Gordon) Perry

May 8, 2021

Mrs. Irvin and her family are present in so many of my memories a child. I loved her as a person, as a wonderful cook, as a servant leader at our church long before I knew what that term meant, and as the wonderful Mother who had her children’s friends over on Sunday afternoons to shell peas.

Much love and many prayers,


Jimmy and Barbara Motos

May 7, 2021

We were so sad to hear of Mrs. Irvin's death but celebrate with her family and friends the wonderful life she lived. Jimmy appreciated all the kindnesses, nurturing and Christian example she shared with him as they worshipped together when he was young. Throughout the years both he and Barbara enjoyed friendships with her extended family and realize the impact she made on them as a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and mentor. She was a true Southern lady who made everyone feel welcome and valued. She will be missed by all, but her memory will enrich all of the lives she touched. Our prayers are with the family.

Jimmy Motos

May 6, 2021

What great memories I have of Mrs. Irvin! She was a very patient, caring, and supportive mentor during my formative years at Rose Hill Methodist Church. She ALWAYS had a smile and kind word for everyone she met! Barbara and I extend our sincere condolences to Pam,Linda, and the Irvin family during this most difficult time. May God continue to surround you with His Grace,Peace, and Love. Jimmy Motos

Andrew Mcgee

May 3, 2021

Words fail...
What a legacy she left for us all.

I am positive she rests in eternal peace.


Judy Hay

May 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Prayers for you and your family.

BIddy Hammett

May 1, 2021

I dearly loved Ann from my childhood. When Her father was minister at Rose Hill Methodist Church, my Aunt Lill Doles lived across the street, in my Grandfather Calhoun's old house, next to the Rose Hill Baptist Church. Ann's future husband lived down the street from Ann and across the street from my Grandfather Calhoun's house, on Hamilton Avenue. Having visited my grandfather and aunt (all of whom went to the Methodist Church) all of my life, I naturally grew loving Ann, as well as George Irvin, who was a very close friend of my late cousin, George Doles.

After I moved back to Columbus, after living in LaGrange 35 years, Ann and I renewed our friendship. She was most generous to people with all of her talents! Cooking was only one of them. Her genuine Christian kindness was without fault. She did some catering and I remember once when I asked her to make a tin of cookies to take to a friend across the state, Ann included her recipe in the box. I got to copy it and found there are not better "butter" cookies that I know about. She was simply wonderful about sharing!

My love and sympathy goes out to all of the family. If Sue is still living, I certainly want her to know that I am thinking about her and all of the good times we have enjoyed.
Always remembering Ann with much love,
Biddy Barfield Hammett