Bobby Leighton Irwin, Waynesboro High School Class of 1952, died peacefully on October 8, 2021. He was 87 years old. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beverly Irwin.
In addition to his wife Beverly, Bobby is survived by his four daughters: Debra DeCarli (Bob); Renae Irwin; Susan Goluszka (Rick); and Jeanne Goluszka (Rob). He was lovingly known as Papa to his eight grandchildren, Robert Shiekh (Kelly); Sarina King (Andrew); Michael Shiekh; Cayla Goluszka; Jake Goluszka; Alex Johnston; Elizabeth Goluszka; Charlie DeCarli; and his two great-grandchildren, Petra and Zara King.
Bobby Leighton was born and raised in Waynesboro, Tennessee. He was the eldest son and second child of Lucille and Leighton Irwin. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Leighton Irwin; his sister, Jacque Sue (Irwin) Freeze; his brother, Jimmy Eaton Irwin; and his brother Billy Steve Irwin. Bobby is survived by two of his younger brothers, Joe Neal Irwin and Guy Allan Irwin.
Bobby was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from RB&W in Rock Falls, Illinois, where he worked for 32 years. Another accomplishment of which he was proud was building the house in Sterling, Illinois in which he and his family have lived since 1977.
Bobby Leighton loved to dance, joke, laugh, and make people smile. Even though Bobby spent his later decades in Illinois, Wayne County Tennessee was always in his heart.