James Allen Barrum passed away peacefully, at approximately 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 13th, at Conroe Regional Medical Center, after a courageous 7 day battle with pneumonia. James was born February 14, 1940, one of three children to Henry and Augusta Barrum of Beaumont, Texas, where he graduated from Beaumont French High School. He attended Lamar University on a basketball scholarship, where he was a four year letterman and Small College All American. He went on to become the first ever inductee into the Lamar Cardinal Hall of Honor. Upon graduation, he received written invitations from three separate professional basketball franchises, but elected to forgo that opportunity in pursuit of a professional career in education. He graduated in 1962 with a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Lamar University, and in 1964, he completed his Master's in Educational Administration from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. In 1969, he consummated his educational pursuit by earning his Doctorate's degree in Counseling and Guidance from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. In 1969, he moved his family to Huntsville, Texas, and began his career in Criminal Justice as a professor at Sam Houston State University. Following 38 years of dedicated service to the university, he retired in July of 2007. He is survived by his wife, Trinell; his sons, James and his wife, Diane, Craig and his wife, Michele, and Chad Barrum and his wife, Nancy; six beautiful grandchildren, Holden, Hannah, Harper, Avery, Palmer, and Logyn Barrum. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Robyn, and a sister, Mary Jo Barrum. James touched the lives of those he met with his smile and generosity, while maintaining his trademark sense of humor, all the way to the end. Friends and family of those he loved were invited to attend a visitation on Thursday September 15, 2011, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with a rosary service that immediately followed. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 16, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Huntsville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robyn Leigh Barrum Memorial Scholarship Fund at Sam Houston State University. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at: www.shmfh.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 16, 2011