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Family remembers Tell City soldier killed in Afghanistan

Sergeant First Class Barry E. Jarvis/Source:  WTHR-TV Sergeant First Class Barry E. Jarvis/Source: WTHR-TV
Body returns to Dover AFB/Source:  MSNBC Body returns to Dover AFB/Source: MSNBC

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TELL CITY, IN (WFIE) - Perry County soldier Sergeant Barry E. Jarvis was killed in Afghanistan this week and leaves behind a wife and four children. 

The Department of Defense says Sergeant First Class Barry E. Jarvis of Tell City was one of six Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Afghanistan Monday in an attack on their unit at a border security checkpoint.

The Department of Defense is saying is the deadliest attack of its kind in at least two years.

The bodies of the soldiers were flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday night.

Jarvis' aunt Wanda Kellems says there isn't a funeral home large enough for the amount of people she expects will pay tribute to her nephew.

"This is hurting all of us. We are a very close family," she said Thursday.

Although Sgt. Jarvis died on Monday, most community members are just now finding out about his death from the local media.

Kellems says her nephew spent a lot of time playing with her sons growing up. 

"I have a lot of memories of him. He wanted to know about everything, he was inquisitive. (He) and my son spent a lot of time together. We had a basement, and the basement was there playground. Sometimes they wouldn't even knock, they would just open up the door and say 'Wanda we're here'."

As an adult she says, Sgt. Jarvis decided to join the U.S. Army.

"It wasn't long before he went into the military and then I would just see him once in a while. When he was on leave, he said he liked it and decided to make a career out of it. That was his goal." 

Kellems says his death brings out a lot of mixed emotions.  "It makes me proud of him, but also sad, because I'll never see him again. And he was like one of my own."

American flags are at half staff in Tell City.

Community leaders and family members still planning funeral arrangements and awaiting the return of Sgt. Jarvis' body to his home town.

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