Celebrating the life of John Rice Irwin

Jay FitzAnderson, Obits

A celebration of the life of John Rice Irwin will be held at the Museum of Appalachia at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The museum founder passed away on January 16, 2022, at the age of 91. The celebration will begin with a brief reception, followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m.

A handful of Irwin’s friends will honor his memory with personal stories, including John Alvis, Sam Venable and Lamar Alexander. Guest musicians will perform some of Irwin’s favorite tunes, and family members will share fond memories.

Irwin made it his life’s mission to share Appalachian history and culture with as many people as possible, so the family invites the public to attend his celebration of life. Guests are welcome to tour the Museum grounds after the service. Donations made in memory of John Rice Irwin may be made to the Museum of Appalachia, P.O. Box 1189, Norris, TN 37828.

The museum is located at 2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN 37716. For more information go here or call 865-494-7680.

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