Mary E. Reaves, 96, died Friday, November 5, 2021, following a brief illness.
Born February 13, 1925, in Greenville, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Tessie Mae Allen. She lived in North Carolina where she met her husband, Louis Reaves, during World War II at Fort Bragg. They were married in 1945 and had 62 wonderful years together. They moved to Myrtle Beach in the mid-1960s. She dedicated her life to raising her family and supporting her husband. She loved to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren, especially at Christmas. After retirement she and her best friend, her late husband, loved to travel, to Italy, Hawaii, Vermont, Canada, Charleston,SC, and others as well as cruised the Caribbean many times.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Jeri Williamson of Pawleys Island, Jacque ( Bruce) Miller of Burlington, NC and Mary Lou (Daniel) Brown of Myrtle Beach: 8 grandchildren, J. Carr (Sharon) Gilmore, Jennifer (David) Giordano, J. Christopher (Sarah) Gilmore, Michele (David) Widmar, Josh (Loretta) Kimsey, Mary Kristin (Dylan) Bell, Cera Brown and Jon Allen Reaves II; and 14 great grandchildren, Whitley Welch, Evan and Elizabeth Ann Giordano, Isabel, Ella and Alex Ferrie, Piper and Fiona Gilmore, Dylan and Presley Widmar, Asher and Frannie Kimsey, and Keely and Anastasia Bell; and 2 great great grandchildren, Kaiya and Sawyer; Sister, Helen Cannon of Grenville, NC; Niece, Nancy Edens, and Nephew, Richard Cannon.
Her husband, Louis Albert Reaves, and two sons, James Louis Reaves, and Jon Allen Reaves, predeceased her.
A memorial service will be held at McMillan Small Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:30 am. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials can be made to the Midway Fire Rescue, 67 St Pauls Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
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McMillan Small Funeral Home and Crematory are handling arrangements.
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