While serving as a medic in World War II, Ed suffered wounds as he was treating an injured comrade on the field of battle, for which he received a Purple Heart. He helped organize the Chapel Hill Fire Department and served as its first fire chief. After retiring as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, Ed successfully ran Jarvis Interests with his wife for more than 30 years. He was a dedicated member of Bethel Baptist Church for 54 years.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy Jarvis; son, Rodney Jarvis and wife Juanita; grandson, Roman Jarvis and wife Tuula; great-grandson, Alister; sister, Gay Locke and husband Bob; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Odie F. Staley and Lexa Edgar Staley Jarvis; stepfather, Tulle C. Jarvis; brother, Robert Jarvis; and beloved grandson, Stephen “Kyle” Jarvis.
Pallbearers will be Walter Bush, Newt Cross, Roman Jarvis, Norman Jeffers, Bob Locke and Randy Smith.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 13108 Highway 64 E., Tyler, 75707.