Melissa Lou Irwin, age 45, daughter of MGySgt John U. Irwin, Jr., USMC (Ret) and Jean Ann Rankin Irwin, passed away January 27, 2019 at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro, NC.

She was born July 28, 1973 in Grayson County. Melissa was denied a full life when a car struck her four-month pregnant mother’s vehicle. In the hour required to remove her mother from the car Melissa’s brain was denied oxygen, and she would spend her life suffering from the effects. She is survived by her father, mother, and stepmother Brenda M. Irwin. She is also survived by a sister, Nancy Richardson; aunt, Jane Brumbaugh and husband Wayne; uncle, Nick Irwin and wife Teddi; nieces, Sarah Richardson, Emily Alford and husband Joshua and their son Cayden; cousins, Elizabeth Brumbaugh, Matthew Brumbaugh, John Morgan Irwin and Andrew Irwin. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Minnie Lou Irwin Scholarship Fund, c/o Alleghany County Educational Foundation, PO Box 33, Sparta, NC 28675. The family would like to extend special thanks to Angel Wings Group Home in Goldsboro, NC for providing a loving home for her in her last years, and Grandview Memorial Funeral Home for their compassion and assistance.

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