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History of the Jarvis Family

Reverend William Daniel Jarvis

Reverend Dr. William D. Jarvis was a founder and the first pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church (1903 – 1940). In 1915, the New Bethel congregation held its first worship service at the church’s current site, located at 9th and S Streets, NW. Rev. Jarvis retired from New Bethel in 1940, leaving a rich legacy of Christian outreach and service. Washington, DC's first elected Congressman, Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, was the pastor of New Bethel for 50 years, building on the legacy of service and community inclusion initiated by Rev. Jarvis.

Norman O. Jarvis

The next generation of the Jarvis family was led by Norman O. Jarvis, who served as the principal undertaker for the Jarvis Funeral Home and who also served the District of Columbia as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission (appointed by President Richard Nixon), the DC Board of Funeral Directors, and a DC Delegate to the Republican National Conventions (1960, 1964, 1968).

Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis

In 1979, Charlene Drew Jarvis was elected to the District of Columbia City Council, as the representative of Ward 4, where she served for 21 years.  During that service, Councilmember Jarvis was the Chairperson of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, overseeing much of the important business activity and regulation in the city.  Her work on behalf of the city established the foundation for much of the resurgence that the District of Columbia is currently experiencing.