Richard Andrew Irons, 80, of Thomasville died Friday, March 7, 2014 at Thomasville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 7, 1933 in Thomasville. He graduated from Thomasville High School. After graduation he joined the U. S. Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. After being discharged from the Army, he worked as an Alabama State Trooper for several years and then was transferred to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department as an agent. He left that position to become the Chief of Police in Thomasville upon the retirement of his father-inlaw, Edward C. Maness. He served as chief until his retirement. He was a member of the Thomasville United Methodist Church and an advid Auburn fan. He loved animals, especially horses and dogs.
He is survived by two nieces, Ronda Maness Vanderheiden and Lisa Maness Summitt and sisterin law, Josephine Duke Maness, all of Hattiesburg, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lenore Maness Irons.
Funeral services were Monday, March 10 at O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. George Sedberry officiating. Interment followed at Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville with O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directing.
Active pallbearers were Norman Loper, Johnny Champion, John Collins, Adam Gunter, Robert Gibson and Johnny Doggette.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.