Billy Ray Jarvis was born January 23, 1961, in Floyd County, Kentucky to the late Peggy Lewis and the Late Al Crace. Billy was responding to a fire on March 6, 2015, when he suffered a heart attack and was transported to the hospital. Billy later passed away on March 10, 2015. Billy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor to many.
Billy was a member of the Allen Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years. He first took interest when he was just a young boy. Billy was very dedicated to the job he loved and was respected by his peers. He was known for his quick thinking, quick response time, and keeping his fellow firefighters safe. Billy later became the fire chief.
Billy married Vivian on August 21,1981. They had two children together, Jason Ray Jarvis and Tabatha Renee Jarvis Holbrook. Billy and Vivian were married for 33 years. During this time they built a loving home, a happy family, and numerous years of happiness together. Billy is also survived by his daughter Brittany Woods.
Billy’s family gave him the most enjoyment in his life. He was happiest when he was playing with and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, horseshoes, and just spending time with family.
Billy worked for Kentucky Oil and Refinery as security; however, his heart was always 110% into the fire department. When the fire tones would sound, Billy would drop everything that he was doing and go as fast as he could, even if it was just to save a cat. Billy was passionate about saving lives. He would run into burning buildings, houses that had caught aflame, and even helped with automobile accidents. Billy enjoyed every second.
Billy’s passion for the fire department was shown when he would attend every fire department outing and every fire school, hoping to learn more and more each time he went and every opportunity he got. Billy was someone the grandchildren and other members of the Allen Volunteer Fire Department looked up to. He was the person you could always count on. Billy always had your back. His fellow members at the Allen Volunteer Fire Department were more than that. They were his family. They became his brothers and sisters.
Although Billy’s life was cut much too short, we can hold onto the memories we have of him and cherish the time we spent with him. Everyone that knew Billy has lost a part of themselves, but the moments that he gave us will live on with us forever. He is greatly missed by all. To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die!