James Charles Jarvis, Sr., of the 2000 Cedar Rd., passed away at 11:58 am on October 31, 2011 in Carrington Place, a residential nursing facility in Chesapeake. He was born in Greensboro, NC on February 26, 1936, where he lived until he joined the US Navy in 1954. James served with distinction, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer with the rating of QMC. He was also a veteran of the war in Vietnam, where he earned a citation for excellence on duty during a trying time.
James is survived by his son, Charles Jarvis of Chesapeake, as well as 2 daughters, Lisa Taylor of San Antonio, TX, and Carleen Heckert of Chesapeake. He is also survived by his sister, Ruby Schoffner of Greensboro, NC., and his best friend, Elizabeth Robertson of Virginia Beach, VA. James was predeceased by 2 wives, Della P. Jarvis of Raleigh, NC, and Mary Ann Jarvis of Chesapeake, VA, and a son, James Charles Jarvis, Jr., of Greensboro, NC.
James passed away as a result of his chronic illnesses, which included Mycobacterium Abscessus a disease somewhat like tuberculosis, pneumonia and physical degeneration brought about by poor nutrition. His conditions became chronic over the past two years, aided and abetted by bad medical diagnoses and advice.
There was no suffering at the end. He passed away quietly with his nurses and his son in attendance. He was never one to engage in sentimentality, so please let you memories of him consist of the good times and interesting conversations you shared with him; that’s the way he’d want to be remembered. May God bless us and have mercy on us all during this time of bereavement and remembrance.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2:00pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 Battlefield Blvd., S., Chesapeake, VA, 23322 to assist the family with making the final arrangements.