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Adrian Jervis Arledge

Also Known As: "Jervis /Arledge/"
Birthplace: St. Luke's Hospital, Polk Co, NC; an attorney in Rutherfordton, NC; served in Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army, Columbus, Polk, North Carolina, United States
Death: September 15, 2008 (80)
Rutherfordton, NC, Rutherfordton, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Rutherfordton, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rupert Adrian Arledge and Gladys Arledge
Husband of Polly Evelyn Arledge and Private
Father of Private User; Private User and Bonnie Arledge

Occupation: Attorney -- Private Practice
Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About Jervis Arledge

Text of remarks at Jervis' funeral by Rev. Pat Jobe:

“We are broken hearted at our loss, but Jervis has been welcomed into the arms of a love that may have been what he was seeking all his life.” Betsy said that, while Rubye and Tracy and she were talking about our recently departed friend, Jervis, on Tuesday night.

Those words probably sum up what so many people are feeling as we process together the loss of Jervis Arledge. We are broken hearted to lose his wisdom. We are broken hearted to lose his humor. We are broken hearted to lose his presence among us as we seek to live out this dream called human life.

In any Christian worship service, it is important to evoke the name of Jesus and imagine how the most recently departed friend bore witness to the ministry of Jesus is his own life.

Like Jesus, Jervis could sometimes speak harsh words. We remember Jesus calling the religious hypocrites of his day, “a pit of vipers,” and he accused them of wiping the outside of their cups while drinking the filth within. Jervis could talk like that. He had a sharp-edged tongue that convinced his girls growing up that perhaps their best hope of hearing praise from their father might be to hear his praise through someone else or maybe catch him when his guard was down.

Rubye, too, remembers a sharp-tongued husband who caused her to fight between feelings of passionate love and the desire to kill him.

But that’s not where the similarity with Jesus ends. The Jesus we know comes to us through the smooth stones of stories that have been told so many times we know them by heart. Walking on water, turning water into wine, healing the sick, raising the dead, like Santa Claus and Babe Ruth, Jesus has become a character of legend as well as the savior of the world.

But if you read the Gospel stories as if they are happening in real time, you find a deeply passionate teacher and preacher who saw a world in desperate need of things being set right. That is a Jesus Jervis sought to emulate.

Through his countless hours and days and years serving on the boards of organizations like the Isothermal Community College Trustees and the Rutherford Mental Health Association, serving as city attorney for both Lake Lure and Rutherfordton, county attorney, and in many other public roles, Jervis preached a Jesuit social gospel found in the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John whether Rush Limbaugh finds it there or not.

He may not have been a devoted churchman, but he preached the kingdom of heaven that Jesus most famously professes when he tells us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit those who are sick and in prison.

As Rubye, Tracy, and Betsy talked about his public commitments, we agree they were perhaps his dearest professions of faith. Rubye was a little worried as to whether he had any faith at all, but we laid claim to his faith Tuesday night, and I remind you, my dear, dear Rubye on Thursday morning that the Good Book tells us faith as a tiny as a mustard seed is enough to move a mountain. And as the letters of Paul tell us, faith is all that is required for salvation.

Jervis had a remarkable career, produced two highly successful daughters with his fierce drive and excellent leadership skills, and in his own way, loved his two kind and generous wives. He did not officially retire until 45 days before his death on Monday, no small measure of his commitment to the work he loved.

So Jervis is in heaven now, enjoying the greatest food, the best music, the dearest company, and the love Betsy affirmed for him on Washington Street Tuesday night. He is doubtless delighted, but it is not hard for any of us to imagine he is mumbling under his breath about any opportunity to do things just a little better.

He had very high standards. May it be said of us all.

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Jervis Arledge's Timeline

March 3, 1928
Columbus, Polk, North Carolina, United States
December 7, 1952
Atlanta, GA
September 15, 2008
Age 80
Rutherfordton, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
September 18, 2008
Age 80
Rutherfordton, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States