Longtime area businessman W.L. (Dub) Irons passed away Wednesday February 5, 2014 at his residence with his family by his side. He was a longtime member of the Punta Gorda Church of Christ.
W.L. was born October 19, 1926 in Florence, Alabama to Tom and Virgie (Olive) Irons. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where he marveled at the black sand beaches.
In 1946 he married the love of his life Velma Hayes and they were blessed with three loving children. In 1952 they started their journey together along with his sister Grace and her family to Florida; First to Miami and then to Punta Gorda in 1954 where he started his successful construction company, Irons Construction and worked there until his retirement in 1989.
W.L. is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Velma, daughter Sandra (Jim) Hartwig of Port Charlotte, sons Greg (Linda) Irons of Punta Gorda and Alan (Donna) Irons of Port Charlotte, granddaughters Tammy Patureau of Port Charlotte, Jill (Bret) South of Punta Gorda, Alana (Andrew) Chanza of Port Charlotte, grandsons A.J. Irons of Port Charlotte, Zachary (Lexi) Irons of Punta Gorda, Christopher (Shawna) Purdy of Port Charlotte, great-grandchildren Ely, Tanner and Harlan South of Punta Gorda, Amari Irons and Andrea Chanza of Port Charlotte, Chandler Irons of Punta Gorda and Kaitlyn Purdy of Port Charlotte. Brother Bobby (Sarah) Irons of Florence, Ala., sister-in-law Irene Irons of Florence, Ala. and many treasured nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Grace Wainwright, brother-in-law Lonnie Wainwright, brother Jones Irons and brother Harlan Irons, who was killed in the line of duty during World War II.
Viewing will be Monday February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am to 11:00am with services immediately following at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL. Burial will be at Indian Springs Cemetery.
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