Ocean City Today

Richard Thurman Jarvis

Dec 07, 2017
Richard Thurman Jarvis

printed 12/08/2017

Ocean City

Richard Thurman Jarvis, age 72, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at Genesis Healthcare in Salisbury.

Born in Ocean City, Maryland, he was the son of Thurman Jarvis and Helen Hastings Jarvis.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Baker Jarvis; daughter; Shelly Jarvis Oakley (John) of Pittsville, Maryland; son, Richard Jarvis Jr. (Whitney) of Berlin, Maryland; brother, Glen Jarvis (Patti Ann) of Whaleyville, Maryland; sister, Ann Martin (Harold) of Ocean City, Maryland; grandchildren, Brandon Oakley, Morgan Oakley and Jack Jarvis, and several nieces and nephews.

Richard graduated from Stephen Decatur High School, class of 1963. Shortly after graduating he became a member of the National Guard. He then started work as a carpenter and by age 20 was running construction projects.

Richard became a partner at a young age and formed Purnell-Jarvis Inc., a prominent construction company in the Ocean City area that was known for building a majority of the motel and condominium projects in and around the 1980’s. In later years, he started his own company, Jarvis Builders, and he continued on as a well known general contractor in the area.

Richard was a fierce competitor in all that he did but he would give the shirt off his back if one was in need. He enjoyed spending time with his family, stock car racing, fishing and hunting. He is known for driving the number “680” modified, and in later years raced in the Nascar Sportsman series. He found joy in watching his son and grandson continue in his footsteps.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

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