James Allen Irvin, 75, of Columbia passed away peacefully at his home Friday, November 22, 2013.
A memorial service for all friends and family will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 26 at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 E. Broadway. Visitation will be held before the service at noon.
He was born on August 8, 1938 in Pascola, Missouri to Paul and Hazel Irvin.
He graduated from Wardell High School in 1956 and received a scholarship to attend the University of Missouri where he graduated with a Bachelors of Agriculture. While at Mizzou, he was very active in the Baptist Student Union. He then went on to get a Masters degree from University of Indiana before returning to Mizzou to get a PhD in Counseling Psychology in 1970.
He married the love of his life, Linda Jean Alverson, on November 26, 1960 in Maplewood, Missouri.
He served the University of Missouri for several years as the Director of Counseling Services, Professor of Health Professions, interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Director of Alumni Services.
Upon retirement, he owned and worked at HUT Products in Millersburg alongside his wife, Linda and son David.
He is predeceased by his wife Linda and is survived by his three children, John, Kathy Becker and David as well as his sister Delores Randell. He also is survived by his son-in-law, Terry, and three grandsons, Kyle, Justin and Paul Becker.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Baptist Student Union, First Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.