Jarvis W. Asbill, age 81, of Wentworth, Mo., passed from this life on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Jarvis was born on June 3, 1931 in Lexington, S.C., the son of the late Richard Asbill and Otta Lee (Woods) Asbill.
He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was discharged in 1953. Jarvis was a farmer and cattle rancher for most of his life and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sarcoxie, Mo.
On June 29, 1951 in Columbia, S.C., Jarvis married Mary Hendrix. She preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 2003. He then married Deirdre Jacobs on June 12, 2004.
Survivors include two sons, Matthew Asbill and wife, Terrie, of Seneca, Mo. and Richard Asbill and wife, Kari, of Cassville, Mo.; five daughters, Mary Ann Asbill and husband, Danny Beck, of Saluda, N.C., Lynn Keisler and husband, Gerald, of Lexington, S.C., Susan Chiulli and husband, Brian, of Memphis, Tenn., Cindy Widowski and husband, Mark, of Lexington, S.C. and Leigh Kelley and husband, Ron, of Wentworth, Mo.; 17 grandchildren, Brandon and Nathan Keisler, Casey, Patrick and Egan Asbill-Beck, Michael and Anthony Chiulli, Rebecca Edmonds, Jeremy and Joshua Pruitt, Casey and Katie Kelley and Annie Duff, Jeremy Garrett, Isaiah and Shelby Asbill and Sawyer Asbill; six great-grandchildren, Caleb Keisler, Adara Keisler, Mathew and Maxwell Keisler, Bailey and Colton Edmonds; one brother, Gene Asbill, of Gatesville, N.C.; and one sister, Rachel Ewell, of Annandale, Va.
Jarvis was preceded in death by one brother, Charlie Asbill, of Lexington, S.C.
Funeral services for Mr. Asbill were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel in Monett with Reverend Quinton Davis officiating. Interment with full military honors was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Monett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions have been requested to Cassville School District Bright Futures in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.