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Addison Vann Irvin

Posted By obits On January 12, 2019 @ 12:38 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 11 Comments

Vann Irvin, prominent Elizabeth City attorney, died January 10, 2019. He had been affiliated with the Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland law firm since June 2009. He had been a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law since 1996, the first to attain that certification in Northeastern North Carolina.
Vann was born in Shelby, North Carolina on January 14, 1951, the son of Alise Reid and Abram Vann Irvin. He grew up in Elizabeth City, graduating from Elizabeth City High School in 1969. He attended COA and UNC-CH, graduating in 1973. Until 1979 he was the owner-operator of Sight & Sound Book and Record Stores in Elizabeth City and Nags Head, when he enrolled in law school at UNC-CH, graduating in 1982 in the top 15% of his class. He was licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. After practicing in Tennessee, he joined the Durham, NC firm, Brown and Bunch, and practiced in Durham until 2009, when he returned home to Elizabeth City to join the firm Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland. His practice here has emphasized his Board Certified Specialty in Estate and Probate Law, as well as Elder, Business, Corporate, Tax and Bankruptcy Law. He had clientele in these specialties throughout Eastern North Carolina. His reputation was widespread, frequently being called by other attorneys for consultations.
Lawyers and clients appreciated his wry sense of humor. For all his considerable experience and qualifications, he did not take himself too seriously. Classmates in law school dubbed him “the reasonable man,” the lawyer’s fictional ideal for appropriate behavior.
His family and friends recall many beautiful memories together at his home on the Little River. He always loved the water and would often be found kayaking, windsurfing, or taking a moment to enjoy a drink by the river or on the beach. He loved those in his life with a steady gentleness that will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his children; Ben Irvin (Naomi) of Morrisville, NC, Beth Collins (Dan) of Durham, Gracie Howes (Jon) of Hillsborough, Addison Irvin of Myrtle Beach, and Ansel Irvin of New Bern; two grandchildren, Hayley Loftus and Milena Irvin; his mother, Alise Reid Irvin, of Elizabeth City, NC; his brother, Benjamin Reid Irvin (Peggy) of Asheville; and his long-time companion and best friend, Jane Oden, of Hatteras, NC.
The family will have a private service. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Irvin family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com

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Condolence from W. Ashworth on January 12th, 2019 3:28 pm

The loss of a loved one can cause many mixed emotions. Please find comfort in knowing that God cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) Thus, in time, he can also heal your broken hearts. (Psalm 147:3) Also, fond memories of our loved ones can provide a measure of comfort.

Condolence from SALLY STANTON BRUDERLE on January 12th, 2019 8:23 pm

Alise, Ansel, Ben, Peggy and Jane. I send you my deepest sympathy and I pray for you all to find consolation in your happy memories and in your faith. Vann was such a wonderful, dear sweet man, and I feel blessed to have known him.
Alise, I am so sorry not to be there with you, but Beth had a baby girl last week and still needs my help. See you late next week.
All my love, Sally

Condolence from Laurel Walter on January 13th, 2019 7:17 am

Gracie, I’m so sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with you, sweet girl.
Laurel Walter

Condolence from Everett Thompson on January 13th, 2019 9:08 am

Dru & I have known Van for most of his life. We had deep respect and admiration for him. As a fellow lawyer I knew of his excellent abilities. He was great help to his clients. He will be missed.
Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Condolence from Marjorie Berry on January 13th, 2019 11:58 am

Miss Alise and Jane, I’m so sorry. I liked Vann so much. Prayers to your family.

Condolence from William Hill on January 14th, 2019 8:02 pm

Alise and Family. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Van and I first met shortly after he moved to Elizabeth City from Shelby and he became one of my best friends in high school and COA. While we were business partners at Sight and Sound Book and Record Store, we had many good times together riding around in that MG in the rain with the top down. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Van.

Condolence from John Logn on January 14th, 2019 11:00 pm

This is shocking, heartbreaking news. Vann was one of the finest, most caring people I’ve ever known. I was blessed to have practiced law with him for many years. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Blessings,
John Logan
Raleigh, NC

Condolence from Geoff Burness on January 15th, 2019 5:00 pm

Vann and I were friends in high school. During our senior year we took a 3 day road trip to Davidson College for interviews and to visit the campus. On our way home we decided we were borderline acceptance material and both of us decided not to apply. We had a good time regardless, a great memory.

We parted ways after high school going our own paths and settling in different parts of the country. For 40+ years I don’t recall any contact with Vann, where he was, or what he was doing. Then, 6 years ago when my brothers and I contacted HRE&M for assistance in handling our mother’s estate, it was a big surprise that Vann was a lawyer at the firm and had taken over that work. During this time we had numerous phone conversations and email exchanges, catching up over the years gone by. Vann still possessed the same quiet wit and intellect I remembered about him. Very nice guy.

Vann, you left us too soon. My condolences to your family, loved ones, and other friends.

Geoff Burness
Fortine, MT

Condolence from Caren Enloe on January 16th, 2019 8:34 am

I am so sorry for your loss! Vann was my mentor when I started practicing law and when I clerked at Brown and Bunch. He was a terrific person and amazing lawyer.

Condolence from David Palmer on January 16th, 2019 10:15 am

I was one of Vann’s classmates in law school. I am sorry for your family loss as well as the loss of a really good guy to all of us.
RM was just a couple of years older than most of us, and one might attribute that to our assessment of and naming him the Reasonable Man. It wasn’t his age though. It was his kind and thoughtful disposition, along with his attitude of caring about others, maintained while some of us that hung with him still took a pretty “undergraduate” approach to our own life. He was an example that I still wish I followed more at times.

One of his legacies is and remains that when any of us that spent those three years together deal with a matter that requires an answer to what common sense tells us is right, we cannot help but think of Vann when we read, write, or say, “What would a reasonable man do?”

Condolence from Randy Eisenhauer on February 1st, 2019 2:32 pm

We are very sorry for your loss.

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