OBITUARY: Barry Ray Jarvis Sr.


Barry Ray Jarvis Sr. of Cottontown, TN passed away at his home on Friday, January 19th, 2024. He was 77 years old.

Barry was the son of Marvin and Helen Jarvis. He was married to Wanda Wiseman, daughter of Aubrey and Johnnie Wiseman, for 50 years.

Barry was a man of God and joyfully served the Lord for 50 years as a Deacon and Elder at Birdwell’s Chapel Church of Christ. He was instrumental in the growth of Birdwell’s until his final days. Barry worked in the Engineering Department at Peterbilt in Madison, TN for 31 years. He was a leader by example with a superb work ethic and forged a strong bond with many that lasted long after his retirement.

Nearly every morning after the passing of his beloved wife, Barry could be found on the golf course (mainly Kenny Perry’s Country Creek). No matter the temperature or incoming weather, he was always ready to tee off. Many rounds were played with his favorite golfer, his grandson Jake Jarvis. Jake and Barry’s relationship was more than that of a grandfather and grandson. They were best buds on and off the course. Jake was there with his grandpa until the very end.

His granddaughters Abby and Ava brought a smile to Barry’s face every time they graced his presence and vice versa. When Abby was younger Grandpa would get her ready for pre-school take her and pick her up. He couldn’t wait to hear all about her day and everything thing she learned. Ava J came along a little later in life and Grandpa was smitten instantly.

He always found an excuse to come to Bowling Green to visit and rarely missed a soccer match. After Wanda passed, his grandchildren willed him through the saddest days of his life. The grandchildren gave him the strength and mental fortitude to battle through numerous bouts of cancer. Barry’s grandchildren will miss their grandpa, but will never doubt how much he loved them.

His two sons Barry Ray Jarvis Jr. and Aubrey Brian Jarvis and their wives will never doubt that love either. He raised his sons to be respectful, educated, kind, honest followers of Christ with a love of two colors: Black and Gold. He gave his boys everything he didn’t have and shared adventures with them that were unbelievable and will never be forgotten.

Barry, Wanda, and the boys would take many beach vacations, but the ones at the ballparks, stadiums, and gymnasiums were dreams come true. His love for the Braves and baseball led them all over the Major League Baseball map. Most trips though were to see the teams his sons wanted to see, same goes for football, even a few NBA games, and a lot of Memorial Magic! Nothing was more special than the trips to catch the Vanderbilt Commodores on crisp Fall Saturday afternoons.

Barry made sure that his nephews, Jerry and Tim Wright, often made the journey too. Sure, Barry enjoyed the games, but he did it to see the enjoyment on his sons’ and nephews’ faces. That’s the way he lived his life. He was a servant of God, a servant of men. Always giving and aiming to please others, that was Barry Jarvis.

Barry Ray Jarvis Sr. was preceded in death by Wife Wanda Wiseman Jarvis, parents Marvin and Helen Jarvis, father and mother-in-law Aubrey and Johnnie Wiseman, brother Roger Jarvis(Libby), sister Sharon Johnson.

He is survived by sister Marsha Barnes (husband Tommy), sons Barry Ray Jarvis Jr. (wife Joanna Dixon Jarvis), Aubrey Brian Jarvis (wife Kristen Hamilton Jarvis) 3 grandchildren, many loving nephews and nieces, 3 brothers-in-law and 3 sisters-in-law.

Funeral service for Mr. Jarvis will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 at Birdwell’s Chapel Church of Christ in Cottontown, TN.

Visitation for Mr. Jarvis will be on Friday, January 26th, 2024 from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at Birdwell’s Chapel Church of Christ.

Interment at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Franklin, KY.

Lee Butler, Jake Jarvis, Jim Barlow, Brody Luna, Adam Sheppard, Todd Patterson, Roy Dorris, Jason Gardner, & Jim Reed will serve as pallbearers.

Tim Wright, Jerry Wright Jr., Jeff Brewer, Dean Wiseman, Mark Hutson, Joel Butler, Jerry Wright Sr., James Ladd, & Frank Spain will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Birdwell’s Chapel Church of Christ-101 Halltown Road in Cottontown, TN 37048.

The service for Mr. Jarvis will be streamed live on the Birdwell’s Chapel Church of Christ Facebook Page.


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