J.H. Rose Athletics legend Marvin Jarman visitation today

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Funeral and celebration of life arrangements have been announced for the legendary, Marvin Jarman, of Greenville.

J.H. Rose High School shared on its Facebook page that Marvin Jarman passed away Sunday morning at 77 years old.

“Marvin meant a lot to me because of how much he supported me and all of the decisions I’ve made in my life,” said Jarman’s great niece, Maggie Jarman.

WITN also spoke to Jarman’s great nephews who say he was always a joy to be around.

Grant Charles Jarman told WITN, “He was always the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He was just always someone that would cheer you up when you were down.”

“He was always the best uncle, and he was already there at my sporting events,” says Wade Jarman.

Family and friends of Jarman say it’s been a tough time since his passing. “I don’t think I’ve ridden by Rose High a day yet that I hadn’t cried and it’s just tough,” friend, Jay Surles says.

Grant Charles Jarman agrees, “I just hurt for, I think RV the most because that was like his best friend growing up and such. I just know that he’s going through a hard time too.”

Regardless of the difficult time, they say it’s the memories of Marvin that help.

“Everyone would just look at him in the dugout and he’d just be standing there and then like five seconds later, he’d make a call and then everyone would argue while Marvin’s like no no…,” Wade Jarman told WITN.

Jackson Surles, Marvin Jarman Spirt Award Recipient, also remembers the good times on the baseball field, “He’d look at you and say the same thing… gotta hit the ball, gotta throw strikes, gotta play defense, and that was just always what you needed to hear.”

Jay Surles says it’s not just the memories on the field that make you smile… “We said Marvin, you gonna get on the sled? He said… eh, I don’t know and we threw it on over there and Clay held on the sled so it didn’t go anywhere. Marvin got on there cautiously, got his balance, so we could finally get a picture of him going sledding.”

Jackson Surles, who received the Marvin Jarman Spirit Award says, “There is no higher distinguish than being able to put your name next to that guy on a plaque.”

Many people say it’s that same spirit they look forward to seeing live on, Maggie Jarman told WITN. ”Just the thought that he’s in a better place and that he’s not suffering anymore, and that he can carry on his legacy while he’s in Heaven.”

Wilkerson Funeral Home says Jarman’s visitation will be today from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and a memorial service will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. inside the J.H. Rose High School gymnasium.

The Jarman family is asking everyone attending to wear Rose High green.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in his memory, visit here.

For more information on Jarman’s incredible story and what he means to those in the East, read more here.