With our modern age of technology, it doesn’t take long to spread the news. That became even more apparent to me on Saturday night while at a softball tournament.
Getting my phone charged in someone else’s car at about 20 miles west of St. Louis in Bridgeton, Mo., it was evident that something had happened near home when I saw I had a text message from Campbellsville High School head boys’ basketball coach Tim Davis.
He had relayed to me through Robert “Boobie” Spalding, one of his former players at Marion County, that North Hardin point guard Cameron Irvin had been killed in an accident near his home in Radcliff.
Any loyal basketball fan would know that Irvin was an-and-up-coming star on the hardwood with two years of high school eligibility before a no-doubt future collegiate hoop career.
But the tragic news strikes even closer to home when you realize that his father, Derieco, and uncle, Montrelle, were outstanding players at Taylor County High School and Campbellsville University and that he spent a lot of time, especially summer weekends, with his grandparents Mike and Lucy Irvin.
On my Sunday ride home, my phone kept a constant ring of calls and text messages, either making sure I knew or wanting more details. That was just a small sign of the popularity and respect of the Irvins locally.
To me, Cameron showed a lot of the same mannerisms his dad and uncle displayed. While being quiet off the court, you could detect the leadership qualities of a coach on the floor.
Sixteen years is a short time to make a mark on earth, but Cameron Irvin proved his short time in the limelight was similar to that of his dad and uncle, and he exhibited the qualities Mike and Lucy Irvin taught their sons — play as hard as you can for as long as you can, but, most importantly, do it with class and dignity.
Visitation for Cameron Irvin is 6 to 9 p.m. today at North Hardin High School and after 10 a.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church in Campbellsville. Funeral is at noon tomorrow at First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Dr. George P. Lee III will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Cameron Irvin Memorial Scholarship Fund.