On Friday, July 22, 2022, Wayne Jervis, loving husband, father to 2 children, and grandfather to 4 grandchildren passed away at the age of 85. Wayne was born on April 8th, 1937, in Livingston, KY to William and Nora (McCormick) Jervis. On July 23rd, 1960, he married Nelda Livesay. They raised 1 son, Kirk, and one daughter, Donna.
Wayne joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and retired in 1983. He was a Vietnam veteran during which time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with 1 silver oak leaf cluster, and an Air Force Commendation medal. As a flight engineer and flight instructor on C-130s, he had over 1200 combat flying and mission hours. After retirement, he worked as an auto mechanic, first at Russel Chevrolet, then in his own shop.
Wayne’s hobbies were painting, building engines, and baking bread. He loved the outdoors and could always be counted on to taste all the berries while walking in the woods. His grandchildren loved hanging out with him in his shop, riding the go-cart and 4-wheeler, collecting bugs and frogs for cash (25 cents for each), and many other cherished adventures. They would like you to know he was the best granddaddy anyone could ask for.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, William, his mother, Nora, his sister Eileen, his brother, Charles, and his nephew, Steve. He is survived by his wife, Nelda, his son, Kirk (Sharon) Jervis, his daughter, Donna (Jeff) Truax, his grandchildren, Kristin (Josh) Hodge, Jessica (Colby) Jervis, Aaron (Eva) Truax, Scotty Jervis, 2 great grandchildren, and 4 nieces and their families.
In place of flowers, you may donate to your charity of choice or to Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, Cabot, AR.
Family and friends are invited to visitation at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Cabot AR on July 30th, 2022 at 1:00 pm. Services will follow at 2 pm.
Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.
I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with your family.
I’m so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. I have so many memories of slumber parties with Donna and her Dad loading us up for a ‘quick’ trip to Baskin Robbins. Prayers for all of the family He will be missed.
You are so dear to me and I love you so very much Uncle Wayne ❤️
Many prayers for you and yours he was a vital part of my childhood and always good to us he never failed to get the children next door a Christmas present. His goodness and kind heart is remembered to this day. Praying for comfort and healing for all of you.
What a kind and loving man this world has lost. Mr Jervis was my next door neighbor from the time I was 10 years old. He never failed to invite us swimming or whatever activity he was taking the other children on. We were always included. His friendship was so strong even into adulthood. Those memories will carry me all my life. Fly high. I love you.
We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We are praying for peace and comfort. I grew up with Kirk. We were neighbors.
What a selfless, kind, loving man! Mr Jervis personified putting other people first! When my family moved to Arkansas in 1973, the Jervis family treated me so well. They took me to church for the first time in my life. I have no doubt their family’s influence on me was a key factor in me coming to know the LORD. Mr Jervis had a great influence on so many young people at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church. I will be forever thankful for him and the investment he made in other people.
Wayne was a wonderful patient friend to my elderly mother, Frances Weeks, @ Mt pleasant Baptist Church. My mother also enjoyed her friendship with Nelda. They were a real blessing to Mt. Pleasant BC.
Bro. Jervis, did many remarkable things at Mt. Pleasant missionary Baptist Church. as young people we just did not know the importance of his ministry. The youth took a trip to Albuquerque, new mexico from cabot ark, and the bus broke down in north little rock., bro. Jervis our driver became our mechanic, and we got there and back. While at the missionary baptist seminary in little rock ark., my 1963 chevy impala was stolen in 1983, and the 283 engine blew out. mr. Jervis and my dad Raymond Cooper rebuilt it. Most of all Bro. Jervis was faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.