HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - He made an impact on everyone he encountered, and Derek Jarvis came across a lot of people in the Pine Belt.
The Hattiesburg community and surrounding areas mourn the death of Jarvis, who passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 34.
Known as coach "Red," Jarvis coached multiple sports at North Forrest, Oak Grove and Hattiesburg High. The Natchez native also played basketball at William Carey under coach Steve Knight.
Jarvis spent the past season coaching Hattiesburg football under coach Tony Vance.
"There's not a lot of good people sometimes," Vance said "But you talk about good people, a good person. [Jarvis] was gold. Heart was in the right place, did it for the right reasons. He understood that through sports he could reach young people and he used that God-given ability he had to reach young people. Wasn't just Hattiesburg, wasn't just Oak Grove, it was everybody – Petal, North Forrest. If he met you, he impacted your life. To know him was to love him."
Many students at Oak Grove and Hattiesburg High wore red on Friday in memory of coach "Red."
Jarvis is survived by his wife, Sadora, and his two sons.
"His memory's going to live on, we're going to make sure of that," Vance said. "As those young boys grow up, we're going to make sure they understand just how good of a guy their dad was. How powerful and impactful he was. He was one of the good guys."