Dr. George L. Irwin, a loving spouse, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died peacefully on July 11, 2018, at Rolling Green Village, Greenville, SC, after a long illness.
Dr. Irwin was born in Chester, SC, on March 31, 1928, the son of the late William John and Julia Mobley Irwin. He was educated in the Chester City Schools and was an Eagle Scout. He received his B.A. from Duke University in 1948 where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of South Carolina, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and first honor graduate in 1952. He completed an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital in 1953.
Dr. Irwin proudly served his country in the United States Air Force (Medical Corps) in the Korean War Era and achieved the rank of Captain.
After his honorable discharge from the US Air Force, Dr. Irwin practiced General Medicine for a year in Sumter, SC (1955/56). He then completed a residency program in Radiology at the
University of North Carolina, and practiced Radiology in Greenville, SC, from 1959 until 1986. He was one of the founders of Greenville Radiology, along with Dr. Samuel Fisher and Dr. James Pressly.
As a physician, Dr. Irwin also served on the staffs of the Greenville Hospital System, St. Francis Community Hospital, and was a consultant to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. He also was a member of The Greenville County Medical Society, the SC Medical Association, and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, a Fellow of The American College of Radiology, and served as a Councillor at ACR in SC for 6 years.
Dr. Irwin was a life-long Baptist and a member of Northgate Baptist Church and, then, First Baptist Church of Greenville, where he served as a Deacon at both.
After retirement, “Grandpoppy” or “Grampa George” devoted his considerable energies to his family, reading, travel, and to thoroughly researching the family history. He completed exhaustive genealogies of both the Irwin and Henry families, a legacy for which his family is very deeply grateful.
Dr. Irwin is survived by his wife, Florence Cecile Henry Irwin, his children Andrew Irwin (Sheila) and Jane Lynch (Kevin), as well as seven grandchildren: Matthew Irwin (Kristin), Mary Elizabeth Zaldivar (Rafael), Kevin Irwin, Sally Parkinson Barbano, Ned Parkinson, Timothy Irwin, and Molly Irwin, and three great-grandchildren (Arthur Zaldivar, Elsbeth Zaldivar, and Charlotte Irwin).
The family extends heartfelt thanks to his caregivers at Rolling Green Village and his care staff at Interim Hospice.
Dr. Irwin was a dedicated physician, an honorable and loyal friend, a father who served as a role model to his children, as well as a faithful, loving husband who was completely devoted to his wife, Cecile. As a father, he didn’t tell us how to live; he lived, and let us watch him do it.
A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC, on July 21, 2018, at 2:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Triune Mercy Center, 222 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC, 29609, or First Baptist Church of Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC, 29601.
“‘His Master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master.’” Matthew 25:23
Triune Mercy Center
222 Rutherford Street, Greenville SC 29609
First Baptist Church of Greenville
847 Cleveland Street, Greenville SC 29601