Cary Lee Jarvis
1922 - 2016
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Cary Lee Jarvis

Virginia Beach - Cary Lee Jarvis, 94, of Virginia Beach, died April 28, 2016. Born in Norfolk, Virginia on April 13, 1922 the son of the late Cecil and Emily Jarvis. He is predeceased by his son, Cecil Franklin Jarvis; former wife, Nellie Elizabeth Jarvis; and brother, Douglas Franklin Jarvis.

Mr. Jarvis joined the Virginia National Guard, 111th Field Artillery Battalion, and 29th Division in 1939. He was inducted into the United States army at the beginning of World War II and was a staff sergeant when he landed D-Day, first wave, on Omaha beach, a member of the C-Battery of the 111th Artillery Battalion, 29th Division. He had been trained as a forward observer. Mr. Jarvis rose to the rank of first Lieutenant and participated in the battles and campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and central Europe. During the winter of 1944-45 in Germany, his division fought to hold and defend a wider front when the Battle of the Bulge took place... At this time, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. In January 2015, Mr. Jarvis was awarded the French Legion of honor, the highest decoration bestowed by the French government. In February, 2015, The Senate of Virginia presented Mr. Jarvis with a Senate Resolution for his exceptional service to his country and selfless contributions to the liberation of Europe during World War II.

He was a member of Great Neck Baptist Church and Post 5 of the 29th Division. Mr. Jarvis was an avid fisherman, gardener, and enjoyed restoring Model A cars.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Mary Ella Jarvis; his children, Cary D. Jarvis of Norfolk, Thelma J. Peterson of Machipongo, VA, Walter E. Jarvis of Norfolk, Catherine J. Simmons and husband, Kenneth, of Virginia Beach, and step-daughter, Johanna Wickers of Chatham, VA; grandchildren, Erika Peterson and husband, Cris and Charles Peterson; and great grandchildren, Victor and Rosa Nellie Peterson.

A celebration of Mr. Jarvis' life will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Great Neck Baptist Church, 1020 General Jackson Dr., Va. Bch. with Dr. K. Todd Holt, officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Inurnment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Post 5 of the 29th Division Army National Guard, 3777 E. Va. Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Va. 23529.

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on May 3, 2016.
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July 9, 2017
Into sure if you'll see this, Mary Ella, but I just found this. Know that you're in my heart and I think of you. Wish I knew where you are.Much love, Kathryn (Anderson) now Miko.
Kathryn (Anderson) Miko
April 14, 2017
Omaha Beach towards Vierville Sur Mer
My son (Ike, 9) and I did not know Mr. Jarvis or his family. We are sending our condolences and thanks for his sacrifice and service. We are in Normandy France as we write this. We walked Omaha beach this afternoon and then visited the US Cemetery and Memorial. The beach and water was calm. The sun was shinning. Tears and words cannot convey our gratitude. To Mr. Jarvis, to the countless others who made it back and for all those that did not - you have a place in our hearts and will not be forgotten. Go in peace. Brian and Ike - Seattle, WA 4/14/2017
Brian and Ike (9)
May 5, 2016
Thank God that we had such brave and honorable men willing to serve our nation. We still have many, but I fear that their reasons are not as noble and selfless. I pray that we will continue to be a beacon to the world. God bless your family, may you rest in peace Mr. Jarvis
May 4, 2016
Cary Lee was a very kind man and is a distant cousin. He sat down with the Douglas cousins a couple of years ago and talked about our family. He was a great source of information and had wonderful stories. For those Douglas cousins, who knew very little about their family lineage and history, he filled in the spaces. He had photos he gave us and was very gracious in the time he spent. From all the Douglas cousins, our sincere, deepest sympathy at the passing of one of the Greatest Generation. We are all very appreciative for his service and sacrifice to his country.
Douglas Family
May 4, 2016
Thanks for your service to global security your one of many that taken part in the biggest operation ever mounted by man I know you would not admit it your a real life super hero that had to endure the worst that man can throw at you and you all taken it like men may your souls be at piece in heven where you can meet up with your old buddies and may your family,s pain be short lived and rest in the fact you contributed to 70 years of global piece and that you've moved on to be with god and many many friends god bless you all rest easy soldier #
martin haggarty
May 3, 2016
So many of our WWII / 29th ID veterans have gone on to their great reward. May he "Rest In Peace".
Joe Cunningham
May 3, 2016
Thank you sir for what you gave! My dad was in the 29th, Omaha Beach, D-Day. He passed 2 years ago May 1.
Judii Fancher
May 3, 2016
Thank you for your outstanding service to this Country, we all are save because of great men like you.
May 3, 2016
We won't forget! Although our time was short you remain in my heart. Mary Ella's hero a true American hero! Rest in Peace!
Ann Trapani
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