History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our heritage began almost 100 years ago when Irby Funeral Home was established in 1916, by Mr. W. H. Irby. Mr. Irby was also one of the original founders of Russell- Irby Burial Association. Carrying on the family tradition, Mr. Irby's daughter ( the late Mary McBride) and her husband, Dan McBride later joined Mr. Irby in the funeral business. In the early 1980's, Madden Enterprises bought the funeral home and in the summer of 2016, Billy Curl purchased the business from the Madden family.

In the early days of the funeral home, a person could pay for their burial insurance premiums with chickens, eggs, vegetables, and other things of value. While that is no longer the custom, our funeral home continues to believe in fair prices. Our long-standing tradition has been to provide the finest facilities and service at a reasonable price. We know the importance of helping each family plan the funeral they want, within their won budget. Having the very best does not have to cost the most.

Today, Irby Funeral Home is large enough to give our families the same services as the largest funeral homes around, yet we are small enough that each family receives the level of attention and care they want and deserve. We are proud that our staff has deep roots in Clay and Greene counties. They take pride to provide you with a reputation of trust and a promise of professional service presented in a caring manner. Our staff dedicates themselves to making each service a special time of remembrance to your loved one, honoring them and celebrating their life. We are continuing the proud legacy that started almost 100 years ago.  






Our Valued Staff

Billy R. Curl

Billy R. Curl, Owner/ Operator

Billy purchased Irby Funeral Home in the summer of 2016. He is a retired Army helicopter pilot serving 22 years in the military. He is a 1991 graduate of Northwest Community College, School of Mortuary Science where he received his Associates degree and is a licensed funeral director in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. We are proud to have Billy as a part of our family.


Andrew C. Cavaness

Andrew C. Cavaness, General Manager/ Licensed Embalmer/ Funeral Director

Andrew came to Irby Funeral Home in the summer of 2009. He now serves the firm as our General Manager/Embalmer/Funeral Director. He attended Mortuary School at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro where he graduated in May of 2014. He and his family are from Rector.


Cheri D. Boyd

Cheri D. Boyd, Funeral Director

Cheri came to Irby Funeral Home after working as secretary at Rector Elementary School. Cheri has over 10 years experience as a Funeral Director and enjoys serving the community in that capacity . She and her family are all from Rector.


David A. Floyd

David A. Floyd, Funeral Director- Marmaduke

David is an experienced funeral director with over 20 years of service. He lives in Marmaduke and is also the pastor of White Oak General Baptist Church. We are proud to have David as a part of our family.


Bill  Martin

Bill Martin, Funeral Assistant

Bill is our visitation host at all three Irby locations. He recently retired, but still helps us as needed. He and wife Barbara live in Rector.


Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin, Visitation Hostess

Barb has been working as a visitation hostess along side her husband Bill for several years now. She is a vital part of our business.


Sandra Watson

Sandra Watson, Secretary- Marmaduke

Sandra come to Irby Funeral Home in the Spring of 2017. She is the Secretary at our Marmaduke location and is in charge of daily office duties. Sandra and her family live in Rector.