Ernest Loyd Irwin, 71, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 23, 2023, in Center, Texas. He was born on November 16, 1951, in Longview, Texas, to the late Prentis Loyd Irwin and Reba Faye (McCasland) Irwin.
Loyd’s wishes are being honored through cremation.
Loyd moved to Henderson, Texas at the age of 11 years old. He graduated from Henderson High School. He followed his father’s footsteps and got a job with the United States Postal Service. He attended a Postmaster’s Convention in San Antonio in 1984, there he met the love of his life, Debra Cantrell, and the two were married on November 16, 1985. They spent over 38 years together. He was a loving husband, father, great grandfather, great great-grandfather, and brother. Loyd served many capacities throughout his employment through the postal service. He retired as Postmaster in Plymouth, Wisconsin. After retirement he moved back to Henderson, Texas to be closer to his parents who needed help with care. Loyd and Debra returned home to Shelby County in 2021 and built their home. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. His love for gardening was the greatest. Loyd enjoyed NASCAR, even attending the Daytona 500. He loved watching sports on television, Fox News, and was a conservative man.
He is survived by his loving wife, Debra; son, Wayne Irwin; daughter, Amanda Gardiner and husband Chris; brother, Danny Irwin; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net . Mangum Funeral Home Laird Funeral Home, Inc. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.