Sep. 1, 1914 Catlettsburg Boyd County Kentucky, USA
May 13, 2010 Charleston Kanawha County West Virginia, USA
Mrs. Elsie Marie LaFon Jarvis, 93, died May 11, 2010, at her home at Edgewood Summit in Charleston. Her husband of 71 years, the Rev. Dr. James Clair Jarvis, 95, followed her in death May 13, also at their home.
Mrs. Jarvis was preceded in death by her parents, Lamah Mason and Ada Elmore LaFon of Beaver; sister, Pauline LaFon Zoar of Detroit, Michigan; and son, Dr. James Mason Jarvis of Farmington, Missouri. In addition to their son, Dr. Jarvis was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Curtis C. and Mary Susan Shawver Jarvis, and seven brothers and sisters.
Immediate surviving family include daughter, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Jarvis Sulgit of Charleston; granddaughter, the Rev. Clare Juliette (John) Sulgit-Horn of Fayetteville; grandsons, Andrew Mason (Janet) Sulgit of Daniels, Eric Christian Jarvis of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Brian Christopher Jarvis of Columbia, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Oetter Jarvis of St. Louis; and one great- grandchild, Stella Lee Jarvis of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mrs. Jarvis is survived by a sister, Elnora LaFon (O.D.) Hall of Northridge, California. Dr. Jarvis is survived by a sister, Wilma Jarvis Stump of Grantsville.
Mrs. Jarvis was born July 5, 1916 in Giles County, Virginia. Her family moved to Raleigh County when she was quite young. A graduate of Shady Springs High School, she attended Morris Harvey College, where she majored in music education and met her husband. She taught music education and served as county music supervisor in Hampshire County.
Mrs. Jarvis made homes in the many parsonages in West Virginia towns where her husband was called to preach. She was deeply involved in the life of the congregations her husband served, making particular contributions, both as participant and director of various musical ministries and the work of women's groups.
In every community in which she lived, she was a well-known dedicated gardener and talented flower-arranger, as well as a frequent model in local fashion shows. Her homes in Wheeling and Charleston were featured in holiday editions of the newspapers. She was selected as "Best Hatted Woman in Charleston" one year by The Charleston Gazette.
The Rev. Dr. James Clair Jarvis was born September 1, 1914, in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. His family moved back to West Virginia when he was six weeks old. A graduate of Calhoun County High School, he earned a B.A. from Morris Harvey College in 1936 and the M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 1936. Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees were awarded by Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston in 1962 and West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1953.
A son of the late Rev. Curtis C. Jarvis, one of the last horseback-riding West Virginia Methodist circuit preachers, Dr. Jarvis began preaching in 1926 when he was yet a high school student.