‘A great oak has fallen’
10/9/2015, 8:08 a.m.
Hundreds of mourners gathered last Saturday to celebrate the life of Dr. Allix B. James, president emeritus of Virginia Union University, who died Sept. 26 at age 92.
The funeral was held in VUU’s Coburn Hall chapel that is named in Dr. James’ honor.
Dr. James touched the lives of countless numbers of people through his work at VUU and within the community. Through the years, he served on more than 50 boards and organizations and held leadership positions on the Virginia State Board of Education, the Richmond Planning Commission and Paradigm Communications Inc., which publishes the Richmond Free Press.
“A great oak has fallen,” said Dr. Levy M. Armwood Jr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Jackson Ward, who spoke about Dr. James’ impact on the church.
Also giving tributes were Dr. John W. Kinney, dean of VUU’s School of Theology, who spoke about Dr. James’ impact on education; Dr. Jeffrey B. Spence, former Virginia president and CEO of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, who spoke about Dr. James’ impact on the community; and Dr. Robert L. Jemerson, pastor of Second Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, who spoke about the James family legacy. Each of the men had a close relationship with Dr. James and all earned degrees from VUU.