Jarvis "Chef" Darensburg Jr. was born on December 1, 1984, to the union of Cynthia Denise Williams and Jarvis Darensburg Sr. He entered eternal rest on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 5:14 p.m., in Houston, Texas. He was 38 years old.
Jarvis accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church by the late Reverend Dr. Noily Paul Sr. There, he sang in the youth choir. Jarvis loved church no matter where he served. He later joined Life Center Full Gospel Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop J. Douglas Wiley where he also sung in the choir. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Jarvis relocated to Memphis, TN, and joined Golden Gate Cathedral under the leadership of Bishop Ed. Stephens Jr. There, he sang and directed the choir and remained a faithful servant for the Lord. In August 2018, Jarvis relocated to Houston TX, and joined Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Marcus Cosby until his health began to fail.
Jarvis graduated from West Jefferson High School in Harvey, La. He then enrolled in New Orleans Culinary School until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, and he had to evacuate the city. He moved to Memphis TN, and enrolled in Tennessee College and obtained an associate degree in culinary arts. Jarvis decided to enter the teaching world to share his love for cooking. He was employed as a culinary arts teacher at Fayette Ware High School in Memphis, TN, until 2018. He then relocated to Houston, TX, where he accepted a job teaching culinary arts food nutrition and service safety. Jarvis has earned many awards in this area. Jarvis loved cooking and he began it at an early age. He loved teaching and has left a lasting effect on all the faculty, students, and staff he met in Memphis, TN, to Houston TX. He leaves an even bigger legacy behind. Everyone that he encountered loved him. Cypress Independent School District will never be the same. Even in his last days he made sure that everyone knew that he also loved them. He will forever be in our hearts.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving mother, Cynthia Denise Williams Darensburg, Father Jarvis (Arlene) Darensburg Sr. Brother Xavier Darensburg, sister Alexis Darensburg, Grandmother Livenia Darensburg, great aunts, Pharphine M. Williams, and Bertha Allen of Vicksburg MS. Mildred Wilson and Barbara Lambert. 2 nieces Xavionna and Xhiarela Darensburg both of Vicksburg MS. 1 nephew Zaiden Darensburg also of New Orleans. 3 godsisters, Andrea Spotsville, Amillion McCall, and Kyshonda Armand. Godmother, Glenda D. Dejesus, and devoted friend Daymon Cane. Devoted family and friends Thelma Hunter, Gwendolyn Wilson, Shewanda Pierce and Lernita Darensburg. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Robert Jean Williams, and his grandfather Joseph Cambrice.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the celebration of his life which will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at St. Stephen Missionary B.C. located at 1738 L.B. Landry Ave., New Orleans, LA 10 a.m., and the service will begin at 12p.m. Rev. Dr. Norman Francis officiating, and interment will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gretna, LA.
Due to Covid - 19, facemasks are required.
Funeral planning entrusted to Robinson Family Funeral Home 9611 LA - 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 (504) 208 - 2119.
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