HOT SPRINGS — Mr. Jeffery “Jeff” Dwain Chavis, 53, of Hot Springs, went to be with his heavenly Father on February 20, 2013 when he lost a 20-month courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Pine Bluff to Myrtle Ann Godfrey Chavis and the late Van Dyke “Sonny” Chavis, Jr. Grandparents, Gertrude and Dwain Godfrey of Dumas and Selma and Walter Van Dyke Chavis of Pine Bluff. Jeff was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, and he received his B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Arkansas.
Jeff married the love of his life, Amy Montgomery Chavis, on July 19, 1986. As their love for one another grew, so did their family. Jeff adored their three children, Jake, Justin and Jacy Ann Chavis.
Jeff loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an active member of Lake Valley Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, listening to music, and digging in the dirt with his backhoe.
Jeff is survived by his wife and three children; mother, Myrtle Higgins and stepfather Charles Higgins; stepfather, Roy D. Smith and stepmother Betty Smith. Other survivors include brothers, Walt Chavis and wife, Nicole of Hot Springs Village, Bruce Chavis and wife, Tauna of Bryant, and Barry Chavis; his mother-in-law, Sherry “Nana” Montgomery of Hot Springs; and his father-in-law, Andy Montgomery of Millersville, Mo; brother-in-law, Andrew Montgomery and wife, Michelle; uncles and aunts, Phil and Sandy Chavis and Jimmy and Gail Cobb; many nephews, nieces, cousins, and a multitude of friends.
He is preceded in death by his father Van Dyke “Sonny” Chavis; his brother, Clay King Smith and his grandmother, Selma Chavis.
A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Lake Valley Community Church. On a beautiful day in the near future, Jeff’s family will scatter his ashes on Lake Ouachita.
For anyone wishing to honor Jeff’s love and devotion to his children, friends of the family have established The Chavis Children’s Fund at Summit Bank in Hot Springs.
Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.