Jarvis, Alma (2008)

Obituary of Alma Jarvis ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

After a difficult, long-suffering time our sweet precious Alma went to glory the evening of November 28, 2008.  She was preceded in death by her “sweetheart”, husband Paul Jarvis, her father, mother, six brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her son Charles (Buddy) Jarvis who lives in Hickory with Larry and Betty Holstein.  She wanted to let everyone know that she could die in peace knowing Buddy was in their hands and so wonderfully cared for now and always.

She is survived by Beulah Carson of Barnardsville, her beloved best friend and cousin.  She is survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces too numerous to mention all who have been blessed by her love and have loved her in return.

Special thanks to her girlfriend Ladonna King.  Born in 1912, she was the youngest and last living child of John and Sallie Henderson of Big Pine, Madison County.  She had six brothers, Woodson, Doyle, Rufus, Willard, Eldon and Golen Henderson and one sister, Addie Worley, all who have gone on before her.

Raised in the Big Pine area she paid her way through Mars Hill Teachers College in the1930’s by raising and canning green beans for the College Cafeteria with the help of Addie and Loye Worley.  She started teaching school in a one-room school house in the Anderson Cove at the headwaters of Doe Branch, Madison County in 1936.  She moved from one-room schoolhouses to two rooms, then four rooms, then to Walnut School during the first 20 years of her teaching while also completing her Bachelors Degree with Western Carolina University.  She moved to Marion in McDowell County and began teaching at Old Fort School and remained in the McDowell County School system 17 years, often teaching summer school.  She retired from the school system with 37 years experience.  She loved learning and was always in a workshop somewhere.  Her students loved her and many have stayed in touch over the years.  She worked hard, farming before and after school.  Often due to chores she could not grade papers till 11 at night.  When asked where she got the strength, she said “The Lord gave it to me.”  She was a Christian wife, mother, teacher, friend, a true and gracious lady.  All who knew her loved her and were blessed by her generous love and grace.

Heart felt and grateful thanks to Hospice of Madison County and Madison Manor Staff in Mars hill, NC – especially Carolyn, Roger and those wonderful, hardworking, loving C.N.A.’s and Nurses, who so obviously loved her.  Lastly thanks to the Lord above for his gift of Alma Jarvis to those that knew and loved her, who remain here on earth.  What an inspiration she has been!

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Madison County PO Box 69 Marshall, NC 28753.  Services were Monday December 1 at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion.  Viewing/visitation was at 1 o’clock.  The service began at 2 o’clock with Rev. Leo Kuykendall officiating.  Burial was in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery immediately afterward with Leo Kuykendall and Pastor Tom Walker officiating.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday December 3, 2008 Volume 14 #48