Holly Pond’s Leah Tarvin passes at 22

Tarvin was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk near JSU campus

(Cindy Tarvin/Facebook)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Leah Tarvin, 22, of Holly Pond, died Friday, Nov. 4, at UAB Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirmed. Tarvin was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening, Nov. 2, in a crosswalk near the Jacksonville State University (JSU) campus. She was airlifted to UAB from the scene. 

The forensic sciences major graduated from Holly Pond High School, where she was drum major, in 2019. Tarvin was also proud trombonist in the JSU Marching Band. 

Tarvin was previously employed by Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism (CPRST).  

CPRST Athletic Director Ashley Dye shared with The Cullman Tribune, “In the short amount of time that I knew Leah Tarvin she had a positive impact on my life and that of her coworkers. She was always smiling, friendly and upbeat regardless of the situation. From a personal standpoint, the way she carried herself is something that I believe we should all strive for. Today we lost a lovely soul that will forever be missed not only by our Cullman Parks and Recreation staff, but also all that knew her.” 

Before going to JSU, Tarvin attended Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.  

Friday night, the college posted: “Wallace State Community College mourns the passing 2021 WSCC Criminal Justice graduate Leah Tarvin. Leah was an outstanding student, who won State and National SkillsUSA crime scene competitions and played piano in the Wallace State Jazz Band. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.” 

A prayer service in Tarvin’s memory will be held at WildWater Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. WildWater is located at 1707 Main Ave. SW Cullman. 

Funeral arrangements will be posted when available.