Benjamin Edward Jarvis


Benjamin Edward Jarvis

Troup, Smith County, Texas, USA
Death 19 Sep 2018 (aged 93)
Tyler, Smith County, Texas, USA
Burial Tyler, Smith County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 193272642 View Source

Services for Benjamin Edward Jarvis, 93, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Tyler with Reverend Scott Richardson and Bishop David Houston officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Jarvis passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Tyler. He was born June 22, 1925 in Troup to Newell and Bennie Ruth Sharp Jarvis. He grew up surrounded by family including his sister Sara Jones, and cousins Eleanor Cameron, Annell Schoenvogel, and the late Julietta Jarvis.

He has deep roots in Smith County and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church. In his 93 years of life, he wore many hats. He served in World War II, graduated Baylor University and Baylor Law School. He served 3 terms in the Texas State Legislature, practiced law in Tyler, was a land developer and a tree farmer. He was married to Mary Stephens for 57 years and was a dedicated father to his four children. Although he loved traveling the world, he was happiest walking through the piney woods of East Texas. He gave of himself to others and made no mention of it to the world.

Ben was preceded in death by his father, Newell H. Jarvis, and mother, Bennie Ruth Sharp Jarvis. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Mary Stephens Jarvis; sons, Newell Stephens Jarvis, John Robert Jarvis and wife Sheri Jarvis, daughters Jo Ellen Jarvis and husband Dave Watson, and Sara Ann Jarvis Thompson and husband Chris Thompson; grandsons: Matthew Thompson, Pace Thompson, CJ Thompson, and Jake Jarvis; sister, Sara Jarvis Jones, and nephews Sam Jones, David Jones, and Nathan Jones.

Special thanks to Mamie and Buddy Mayfield, Annette Wilson, and Scott Fitzgerald for all the care they have given to Ben and our entire family.

Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

If desired, memorials may be made to Cal Farley Boys Ranch (, Gideons International ( or a charity of your choice.

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