Carrie Belle (Houser)Tobin Irick was born in Cameron, South Carolina on September 5, 1940 to Rev. Jessie Tobin and Janie Mae Houser Tobin. She spent her formative years growing up between both Bowman and Orangeburg, SC. After a brief hospitalization stay at The Medical Center, Navicent Health, she transitioned into eternal rest on September 25, 2020 at Fountain Blue Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Macon, Georgia of natural causes.
Carrie was a lifelong member of Andrew Chapel Baptist Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina and she was baptized as a young child. She received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior later in life and served in the choir during her membership at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Carrie began her formal education at Gardner School in rural Orangeburg, South Carolina and ultimately graduated from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in June, 1958. She was accepted at Penn State University in State College, PA and she also considered a career in the United States Air Force but ultimately decided to migrate north, making her home in Jersey City, New Jersey where her mother Janie Tobin was already residing.
Carrie entered into holy matrimony with her high school sweetheart Harvin Lawrence Irick on August 24, 1962 and they remained married for many years.
Always known as the life of the party and never one to settle for a dull moment, she and several friends formed a social club called “The Tonnettes,” offering friends, homemakers, and housewives an opportunity for fun and socialization. She had a flair for fashion and she demonstrated her entrepreneurial spirit as the owner of Belle’s Boutique and through her flea market business. There were also multiple other business endeavors.
Carrie was always reputed as a hard worker and she was known in her community for her willingness to help others in need. She served the Jersey City, New Jersey Police Department (Precinct No.5) as a School Patrol Officer and she also held a number of positions with the United States Postal Service in both New Jersey and South Carolina including that of Casual Clerk, Mail Handler, Mail Carrier, and Custodian.
She later had a desire to return to her home state and moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1985. In South Carolina, she began new careers with Special Needs clients at The Babcock Center and at Richland County School District #2 as a Substitute Teacher and School Bus Driver. In South Carolina she became actively involved with her classmates from the Orangeburg-Wilkinson Class of 1958, often taking trips, participating in meetings, and supporting her peers through various life events.
She also resided in Georgia for a number of years where she worked in the home healthcare field and again as a School Bus Driver.
As a dedicated grandmother, Carrie spent many years raising and participating in the nurturing of several of her grandchildren. She demonstrated her love for family as she spent time living with or near her children and grandchildren to help them as needed. She ultimately transitioned to Heaven while residing in Macon, Georgia. In Macon, she was under WatchCare Membership at Beulahland Baptist Church.
Carrie was mother to twin sons Gregory E. Irick and Reginald E. Irick, son Harvin L. Irick (Velma), daughters Karen Y. Irick McDougald and Kimberly F.J. Irick Combs. Grandmother to Tracy Moyd, Shakeema Young, Malia Young, Tiana Scarlett, Patrice Irick, Reginald Irick, Jr., Latrice Irick Tejada (Ruben), Masada Combs, Josiah Combs, Jadon Combs, and Maaziah McDougald. Great-grandmother to Mark Morton, Isaiah Morton, Alijah Irick, Amell Irick, and Olivia Priscilla Tejada. Sisters Shirley Witcher (Carlos), Sally Bridges, and Patricia Brooks, all of Buffalo, New York. She was predeceased by her brother Otis “Bee” Tobin of Jersey City, New Jersey.
Carrie leaves behind her cousins/adopted siblings Olethia Felder, Ruth Ann Williams, Lena Mae Miller, and Joseph Felder. She was predeceased by cousins/adopted siblings Fred Felder, Jr., Rosa Lee Jones, Marion Louise Bradley and her very good friend of over 40 years, Elouise Baccus. She will be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues who will remember her fondly.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Sunday,October 4,2020 at Glover's Funeral Home at 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Monday,October 5,2020 at Andrew Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery beginning at 11:00am.
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