Leah Grace Tarvin’s legacy of excellence and friendship

Leah Grace Tarvin (Holly Pond Funeral Home)

HOLLY POND, Ala – Leah Grace Tarvin, 22, of Holly Pond, died Thursday, Nov. 3, just a day after she was struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk near the Jacksonville State University campus. Her Celebration of Life service will be Friday, Nov. 11, at Wallace State Community College in the Betty Leeth Haynes Auditorium. Her family will receive guests beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Holly Pond Cemetery. 

The Wallace State Community College graduate was a gregarious, cherished leader at Holly Pond High School where she graduated in 2019, recognized as her senior class’s Most Talented student. While in high school, Leah was a member of the marching band achieving the esteemed position of drum major. She played many instruments and was a gifted vocalist. A member of the Holly Pond track team, Leah was skilled at javelin and shotput. 

Pursuing a criminal justice degree, at Wallace State, Leah earned double associate degrees in 2021. From there the diligent student entered Jacksonville State University in the fall of 2021 and was working on her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was nominated to serve as treasurer of Alpha Phi Sigma. 

A memorial for Leah Grace Tarvin was created at the entrance of WildWater on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

Leah was a familiar face in Cullman this past summer working as part of the Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism team for WildWater’s inaugural season. Coworkers held a prayer vigil in Leah’s memory on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the park’s entrance where she was remembered for her kindness, friendliness and infectious spirit. 

Leah is survived by her parents, Mark and Cindy Tarvin; brothers, Michael and Eric Tarvin; grandparents, Lou Thomas and Tommy and Carolyn Tarvin; aunts and uncles, Paul and Angie Barbee, David and Terri Thomas, Russ and Linda Thomas, Jon and Lisa Tarvin, and Phillip Tarvin; adopted Maw Maw, Becky Barbee; and an extended family who cherished her. 

An account in Leah’s memory is open at Traditions Bank of Holly Pond for donations and Jacksonville State is establishing a scholarship in her memory. 

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