Irvin Henry Murrell, Jr., 68, of Graceville, died in an automobile accident on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Irvin was born in Charlotte, NC, on July 25, 1945 and was educated at N.C. State University. He also received degrees from Louisiana State University and three Southern Baptist seminaries. He was most recently Director of Library Services at Baptist College of Florida in Graceville for 17 years before retirement. He loved music with a passion. Over the years, he sang in choirs as well as gave his service to the Lord as music minister both short term and long term in multiple churches. At the time of his death, he was the music director at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, where he served for 10 years. Irvin was an avid photographer who had a love for nature, and he could take a picture of the same waterfall 100 times while capturing it differently every single time. He also enjoyed collecting old and rare coins. Irvin loved puns and will be remembered for his unique sense of humor. He had many students and friends who became like family to him.
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Irvin was preceded in death by his parents Irvin Henry Murrell, Sr., and Lula Mae Sullivan Murrell.
He is survived by his wife, Phoebe Moore Murrell; son, Irvin Henry Murrell III "Trey" and wife Courtney La'Dawn Murrell, and three grandchildren, Aidan Jeremiah, Lillian Ruth and John Alexander "JohnAlex" Murrell.
The family received friends on Wednesday, June 4, at James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, June 5, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Taylor, Ala., at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Andy Gartman and the Rev. Tim Folds officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in Graceville at Marvin Chapel Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, the Alabama Eye Bank, the Mission Trust Fund of First Baptist Church of Graceville, or the John I. Murrell Music Scholarship Fund of Baptist College of Florida. Expressions of sympathy can be made at http://www.jamesandlipford.com.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 11, 2014