NEW MADRID -- Former New Madrid County Sheriff George Walter Lee Ivy passed away peacefully on July 8, 2012, surrounded by family and friends at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid at the age of 82 years.
He was born May 10, 1930, in Pocahontas, Ark., to the late Richelieu and Florence Shaver Ivy.
He was a Navy veteran serving from 1947 to 1951.
On June 23, 1941, he married Marilyn Shaw to whom he was married for 61 years.
Mr. Ivy began his career as city police chief for the city of Risco in 1960 and in 1963 accepted a position as deputy sheriff of New Madrid County serving in that capacity until elected sheriff of New Madrid County in 1976 and again in 1980. He was a member of the New Madrid Masonic Lodge where he attained his 32nd degree and always followed the Masonic principles of promoting personal character, leadership and family moral values.
Surviving in addition to his wife are: one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Dianne Ivy of New Madrid; two daughters and a son-in-law, Georgia Ivy of New Madrid and Leslie Ivy and Tom Hughey of Cape Girardeau; five grandchildren, Shane Pipkin of Caruthersville, Daniel and Alyson Crouthers of Tunica, Miss., Taylor Ivy of New Madrid and Hannah Barker and Sara Barker of Cape Girardeau; one great-granddaughter, Claire Alyce Crouthers of Tunica; one sister, Maxine Fielder of Pocahontas, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Annabelle Scott and Novella Seal, and one brother, A.B. Weathers.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Lewis Scott officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.
Pallbearers will be: Carl Scott, Terry Stevens, James Cooksey, George Gilmore, Edgar "Boo Boo" Pipkin and Dave Lane.