Tarver, Jessica Sheree SrA USAF
JESSICA SHEREE TARVER
SrA Jessica Sheree Tarver was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 30, 1984 and transitioned to heaven on June 1, 2009.
She was a graduate of Woodham High School Class 2002. She enlisted in the Air Force on October 1, 2002 and completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force in San Antonio. She graduated from technical training in January 2003. She enjoyed assignments at Yokota Air Base, Japan and Hurlburt Field, Florida. He deployments have included Kuwait and twice to Iraq.
Among her awards, decorations, and badges are the Global War on Terrorism, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Outstanding Unit Award with two devices, Good Conduct Medal with one device, Air Force Longevity Service Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Achievement Medal and The Air Force Commendation Medal.
Jessica was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandmother, Lula Kidd and her Paternal Aunt, Vanessa Tarver Thomas. Jessica's bright light and angelic smile will be forever cherished and remembered by her family: Mother, Sharon Kidd Washington of Ellenwood, Georgia: Father, Gerry W. Tarver (Tamela) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Brothers, Chauncey Tarver (Sandra) of El Paso, Texas, Gerry D. Tarver (Eunice) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Avery Washington of Overland Park, Kansas; Sisters, Tameshia Tarver and LaNeishia Tarver Davis (Myron), both of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nieces and Nephews, KaMaree, Jayden, Alyssia, Jaya, and Jarreen, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma: Jordan Michael of El Paso, Texas; Maternal Grandfather, Frank Lampkin of Pensacola, Florida; Paternal Grandparents Vivian and James Tarver of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Maternal Aunts, Joyce Kidd, Jeanette Kidd-Smith and Priscilla Kidd, all of Pensacola, Florida, and Carrie A. Davis (Roy) of San Jose, California; Paternal Aunts, Pamela Tarver Ward of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Adairia Tarver Vinson (Keith) of Allen, Texas: Maternal Uncles, Apostle D. Jerome Kidd (Ramona), Roscoe Kidd (Wanda), both of Pensacola, Florida, Jimmy Kidd (Paula) of Layfayette, Louisiana, Willie Lampkin (Mattie) of Tracey, California, and Eddie Lampkin (Cynthia) of Dallas, Texas, Paternal Uncles, Charles Tarver (JoAnn) of Xenia, Ohio and Marcus Tarver (Ada) of Dallas, Texas; A devoted friend and caregiver, Officer Treneka Leverette, Hurlbert Field Air Force Base, FL; God-Brother, Christopher Myles Meteye of Pensacola, Florida; and a host of great aunts, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be 1PM Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida. Interment with full Military Honors held at Resthaven Gardens Cemetery. Apostle D. Jerome Kidd will be officiating.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 6/5/2009
Re: Tarver, Jessica Sheree SrA USAF
This report appeared on Channel 3 News - ABC affiliate - Pensacola, Florida.
PENSACOLA, FL - An Airman from Pensacola who died less than two years after contracting a rare illness in Iraq will be laid to rest this weekend.
But the family of Jessica Tarver still has a lot of questions about that disease, which they say eventually led to her death.
Who spoke with the Airman's mother today, Greg.
Bob and Sue, Jessica Tarver's family will honor her memory during funeral services here at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church this Saturday.
But, they still want to know more about the rare condition known as Still's Disease, which first took Jessica's legs and may have taken her life.
The center for the intrepid at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio specializes in rehabilitating amputees.
But unlike, most of these Servicemembers, Jessica Tarver didn't lose her legs to an injury but an illness.
"In November of 06, I got sick in Iraq and later resulted in the amputation of both my legs below the knee."
Jessica's mother says that sickness also made Jessica break out in hives and caused her to have constant fevers even swollen lymph nodes.
"They just basically did a lot of tests and they came up with the disease: Still's disease. Which is a very rare form of rheumatoid arthritis, and of course, it affects the immune system.
An infection resulted in the removal of Jessica's legs in July of 2008.
But her mom says it didn't break Jessica's spirit.
In fact, this video of Jessica's physical therapy was shot earlier this year.
But Jessica's recovery was suddenly, and tragically, cut short.
"Early Sunday morning is when she sent me a text and said that she had a fever and that was her, that was our first sign of probably an infection."
That news went from bad to worse, as Jessica's kidneys began to fail.
"When they got ready to put her on the dialysis machine that's when her heart rate dropped again."
Jessica died with her mother asking a lot of questions about Still's Disease including whether or not it could have been combat related.
"I do know that, you know, a couple of the doctors in San Antonio, said they have seen it. They've been treating some people with this particular disease."
And Sharon Washington says she wants to bring her daughter's illness and death to light so that more research goes into still's disease including what causes it, which is currently unknown.Airman Dies From Rare Illness: Memorial Scheduled For Saturday