Edward J. Tarver, who served as a state senator for Georgia in the past, has reportedly passed away, as reported by his law company, Enoch Tarver Law.
In addition to his time spent serving as a senator, Tarver also served as the 48th United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army.
It was reported by News 12 earlier this week that Tarver was admitted to a hospital in Atlanta.
Tarver leaves behind an incredible legacy with Georgia. According to the website of the law office, some of the community service activities that Tarver has participated in include serving as the chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.
He also served as the chairman of the Leadership Augusta Board, the president of the Academy of Richmond County Boosters Club, the president of the Augusta Technical College Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Day School in Augusta.
“The Honorable Edward Jerome Tarver, former United States Attorney and State Senator, died this morning from complications following surgery in December. Ed’s wife Carol and I appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have already received from the community," said Enoch Tarver, P.C. in a statement.
"Ed was a significant and important figure in our community, and we understand everyone’s interest.
"We hope the community he served so faithfully will honor him today with privacy for his loved ones, so that they may grieve this unexpected loss, and in the days to come with support in the celebration of his life. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized."
Additionally, a statement was issued on Friday by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia:
“We express our heartfelt condolences at the passing of former U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver,” said U.S. Attorney Jill E. Steinberg.
“Mr. Tarver served his country in the U.S. Army and served Georgia as a state senator before his appointment as the first African-American U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
"Throughout his professional career, Mr. Tarver led with honor and integrity, demonstrating tireless devotion to justice and the law. Our thoughts are with all who loved and admired him.”
Additionally, Tarver was at the time of his death, serving as a member of the Augusta Exchange Club at the time of this sentence.
No information has as yet been released on arrangements for a funeral service.