H. Kermit Jarvis

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WWII vet, piano tuner loved playing the guitar


H. Kermit Jarvis, 87, of Wind Ridge, died at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Washington Hospital, after being in failing health for the past several years.


He was born February 17, 1926, in Jeffery, W.Va., a son of the late Howard and Winnie Massey Jarvis.


Mr. Jarvis had resided in the Rogersville and Wind Ridge areas since 1958. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Graysville.


He was a 1943 graduate of Gassaway, W.Va., High School.


Mr. Jarvis was a veteran of World War II, having served as a corporal with the U.S. Army Air Force 2532nd Base Unit at Randolph, Texas Field, where he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory and Good Conduct medals.


He and his late wife, Maggie, co-owned and operated the former Jarvis Lunch in Rogersville from 1963 until 1968. He was employed as a well tender by the former Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. at the former Majorsville station, for more than 30 years, prior to retiring in 1990.


Mr. Jarvis was a member of American Legion Post 330 in Waynesburg and the former Columbia Gas Quarter Century Club.


He was nicknamed “the guitarman” because of his love of playing the guitar and he tuned pianos in the area, as long as his health permitted. He enjoyed fishing and working in his woodshop.


On July 5, 1945, he married Mary Margaret “Maggie” Mullins, who died August 22, 1991. On September 5, 1992, he married Carolyn Marie Malone, who survives.


Also surviving are three sons, Robert L., husband of Sharon Jarvis of Indiana, James H., husband of Jeanie Jarvis of Claysville and Donald W., husband of Connie Jarvis of Rogersville; two stepchildren, Major William, husband of Robin Scritchfield of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Dorothy, wife of Chris Halford of Jeffersonville, Ind.; five grandchildren, Robbie, Michael and Brad Jarvis, Brenda Jarvis Batis and Jamie Jarvis Gentile; six stepgrandchildren, Lee, Sara, Katie and Kristie Scritchfield and Dakota and Noah Riley; four great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents and first wife, are two brothers, Keith and Kenneth Jarvis; three sisters, Velma Hicks, Audrey Cantley and Delores Cozad; a stepdaughter, Brenda Farabee; and a stepgranddaughter, Melissa Farabee.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, with Rev. Bruce Judy officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Richhill Township. Graveside military rites will be accorded by representatives of the U.S. Army and the American Legion Post 330 of Waynesburg.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.


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