Former State Representative Melvin Irvin, Jr. passes away
Gonzales (NBC33) — On Saturday, June 7, 2014, former Louisiana State Representative for District 58 and former Ascension Parish School Board President Melvin Irvin, Jr. died at his home in Gonzales, Louisiana after a battle with cancer.
Melvin Irvin Jr. was elected to Ascension Parish School Board becoming the first African-American President. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1983, Irvin was the first African-American State Representative for District 58 designing and carving out that district himself. Irvin began Ascension Parish’s first Urban League, the River Road Urban League and founder and President of River Area Improvement League (RAIL).
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church, 38584 Highway 22, Darrow, Louisiana, 70725.
Services will be held Friday, June 13, 2014; the viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. the service starts at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Assembly Full Gospel Church, 42158 Louisiana 941, Gonzales, Louisiana, 70778.