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BRINKERHOFF, JAMES

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JAMES JIM BRINKERHOFF James "Jim" Brinkerhoff of Auburn, AL is celebrating with the angels in heaven today. He died suddenly Thursday morning, December 5th at his home. He was 56. Jim was born on June 12, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida to Herb and Julia Brinkerhoff. After a childhood spent in the Northeast, Jim attended Auburn University where he found the two most important things in his life - his faith and his wife Mary Arthur who he married on April 10th, 1982. He earned a Masters Degree from Southern Christian University. Jim served as a campus minister with Rutgers University for two years before returning to Auburn in January 1984 to serve as Director of the Auburn Christian Student Center and Campus Minister for the Auburn Church of Christ for the past 30 years. Jim leaves behind a legacy of humble service and tireless work for Christ and his Kingdom and lived out his favorite scripture, "As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." Above all Jim cared deeply and with devotion for his wife, his three children -"Princess Amy," "Anna Banana," and "Benny Boy", his students, and the individuals we so often overlook and neglect. His life is a testimony to the saving power of Christ. Jim loved life - vacations to Montana, his wife's cooking, and the Beatles. He laughed at cheesy jokes, paid attention to the tiniest details, and read widely. He had a passion for Auburn football, Bruster's ice cream, and teaching and mentoring college students. Jim is survived by parents, Herb and Julia; wife, Mary; and his three children Amy, Anna and Ben, his brother John (Nan) , nephews Samuel, Joshua, John Jr. and niece Becky and his brother-in-law William Arthur and thousands of former students and friends who call him brother and are grateful for his life and teaching. Jim was predeceased by his mother in-law Mary Ann Arthur. We find comfort in the words Jim once taught in a sermon series on heaven, "There is one place I want to see that can be more than you can ever imagine. God gives us glimpses of heaven because He doesn't want you or me to settle for this fallen world. Our identity is not determined by our history but by our destiny. " The celebration of Jim's life will be held at the Auburn Church of Christ, 712 South College Street on Sunday December 8th at 10:30 am. Following the service the family will receive friends at the Auburn Christian Student Center, 439 South College Street until 2 pm. A private family burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Auburn Christian Foundation, P. O. Box 1841, Auburn, AL 36831-1841 to honor and continue the work that Jim loved and devoted his life to. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is directing. www.jeffcoattrant.com

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