Melvin Irvin Jr.

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May the works I have done, speak for me." Melvin Irvin, Jr., 72 a resident of Gonzales, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 peacefully at his home. He was born May 4, 1942. Mr. Irvin was the former State Representative for District 58. He is survived by his wife Nell Irvin; his daughters Marie (Larry) Neal, Tabitha (Prince) Gray and Delisa (Kermit) Paul; and his sons, Edgar (Alexandria), Terance (Catrina) and Terrell (Blane) Clayton; and play adopted son Lores Thompson. Two Sisters; Vera (Roosevelt) Mackyeon, ValaRay Irvin, Five brothers; Robert (Sherry), Harold (June Adell), Roland Irvin, Darrell (Hermaina) & Douglas Irvin. He was a graduate of Lowery High School and Southern University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education. He was a high school math teacher, an operator at Vulcan Chemical, a supervisor of Math & Reading Program at the State Department of Education, and a director at the Louisiana Superdome; he was elected to Ascension Parish School Board becoming the first African-American President; elected in 1983 to the House of Representatives to become the first African-American State Representative for District 58, designing and carving out that district himself. He began Ascension Parish's Urban League, founder and President of Special Committee Organization for Political Efforts (SCOPE), founder and President of River Area Improvement League (RAIL). He was not only an avid politician, but he was also an entrepreneur, developing real estate across the state to become a skillful businessman; He was a member of Chamber of Commerce, Builder Trade Association, Capital Region Building Association (CRBA) & Louisiana Home Builder Association. He was preceded in death by his parents: Melvin Irvin, Sr. & Laura Jenkins Irvin, a brother Donald Irvin, a sister-in-law Marilyn Irvin. Visitation will be held June 12, 2014 at Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church, 38584 Highway 22, Darrow, La. from 5:00pm until 8:00pm; and 9:00am – until services at 11:00 am at Christian Assembly Full Gospel Church. Relatives and friends are invited to attend an All White Spiritual Homegoing at Christian Assembly Full Gospel Church 42158 La 941, Gonzales, La, June 13, 2014 at 11:00am. Flowers can be sent to Christian Assembly Full Gospel Church or memorial donations may be made in Melvin Irvin Jr's name to: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Brain Cancer Research for Dr. John DeGroot, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77201-4480. Services entrusted to Lawson-Rollins Purple Shield Funeral Home, Gonzales, LA.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 10 to June 11, 2014