John Thomas Irvin, of New Franklin, passed away March 3, 2013 at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia. He was 79 years old.
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John was born December 1, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri to John and Bonnie Lee Brackett Irvin. He married Bobbie Ann Jones on November 24, 1957 in Davis, California. He served his nation during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Missouri.
Mr. Irvin graduated from Hannibal LaGrange College. He was ordained into the ministry at the First Baptist Church in Boonville, Missouri. The first church he served as pastor was at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in rural New Franklin. He then served as pastor at the First Baptist Church in Auxvasse, Missouri. At the time of his retirement, he was pastor of Disciples for Christ The Lighthouse in Woodland, California where he also coordinated a radio ministry called The Lighthouse. He enjoyed music and traveling. During retirement, he had a music ministry at area nursing homes and care facilities as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the Firm Foundation Foursquare Church in Boonville.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie of New Franklin; three daughters, Carol Ogren and husband, Russell of Nampa, Idaho and Sheryl Stow and husband, Christopher of Vacaville, California and Michelle Hall and husband, Jerry of New Franklin; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Jim Harmon and his wife, Cindy of Sedalia who John and Bobbie considered to be their adopted son.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Irvin and two sisters, Verna Reichel and Patsy Irvin.
Services celebrating Pastor Irvin's life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Firm Foundation Foursquare Church, 1000 6thStreet, Boonville, Missouri. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will be at Centertown Cemetery
Memorials are suggested to Firm Foundation Foursquare Church.
Arrangements by Markland-Yager Funeral Home, New Franklin, Missouri.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Mar. 5 to Mar. 12, 2013