Dear family and friends,
We are sad to announce that Sgt. Jimmy Leon "Jay" Jarvis (61), passed away on October 6, 2019 at the North Dallas Veteran’s Hospital (Dallas, TX).
Jay was born on September 26,1958, in Starke, FL to Bruce and Marie Jarvis.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Christina Foster-Jarvis; seven sons, Jimmy C. Jarvis, Michael Jarvis (Ashley), Jerry L. Jarvis, Melvin Brown, William Ingram, Eric Woods and James Sullivan (Jeanette); one daughter, Jacquelyne Pinkston. Also left to mourn his passing are six grandchildren, Seth, Audrey, Katy, Angelina, David & Anelisa, and his mother-in-law, Geri Hallisy. Remaining siblings are brother, B. Jerry Jarvis, (Janie); sisters, June Lee (Ricky), Linda Smith, & Gwendolyn Jefferson; and a host of nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces too numerous to name are included.
In March 1976, Jay joined the U.S. Army as a Tanker (Ft. Knox, KY). While there he met Christina Foster (Army Medic). After offering to “warm her feet”, a whirlwind romance turned into marriage (April 9, 1978) and the rest is history. Their wedding vows “until death do us part” were more than just words, they were a commitment. The secret to a long marriage, Jay once said, was absolute faith in God, a sense of humor, and being too stubborn to quit.
He loved his family, camping, fishing, dogs, science fiction, raising his eyebrows, and making his wife and sisters-in-law blush. Those who experienced his sense of humor considered him to be “sick and depraved”, but a good man. He also enjoyed playing chess and the saxophone.
Song: The Old Rugged Cross
Color: Blue, blue and more blue
Movie: Blazing Saddles
Sport: Aggravating his wife
Joke: What do you call two fleas on a bald head? Homeless.
He retired from both the Army and Walmart with a high work ethic.
Jay now sleeps and will awaken in a new paradise in which he and his loving wife, Christina, will be together again.