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Shirley Reaves
(March 2, 1942 - January 22, 2012)

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Shirley Reaves

Funeral service for the late Mrs. Shirley Reaves will be held 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Labor of Love, Body of Christ Church in Johnsonville, SC, Interment will follow in the Pentecostal United Church Cemetery in Johnsonville, SC directed by Nesmith~Pinckney Funeral Home, Inc. Shirley Mae Nesmith Reaves was born on March 2, 1942 to the late Daisy Bell Porchea and Jeff Nesmith. On January 22, 2012 the heavenly angels stopped by JMS burn unit in Agusta Georgia and took her home. She was educated in the Florence County Schools for grades 1st-8th. She then continued her education in Williamsburg County at Battery Park High School for grades 9th-12th and graduated in May 1961. She went to Christ Tabanacle Holiness Church where she was baptize and sung on the choir. In 1961, Shirley was united in Holy Wedlock to the late George Reaves. To this union two children were born. She had five siblings. Three proceeded her in death. Shirley started work in Johnsonville at the Dry Cleaners as head pressor. Two years later she was hired as the first black African American to work for Johnsonville Manufacture as the head pressor. She then moved to Baltimore, MD where she stayed there for 30 years. During her stay there she did housekeeping and volunteer at The Echo House Multi-Service Company for several years. She later became ill was had to moved back to South Carolina where she than joined the Pentecostal United Church of Christ. She leaves to cherish her memories are one daughter, Estella (James) Felder of Johnsonville, SC; one son, Willie Moses Nesmith of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Dorothy (Willie) Wilson of Johnsonville, SC; one brother, Josh Lee Nesmith of Hemingway, SC; three sister-in-laws, Viole Nesmith of Johnsonville, SC; Joyce Nesmith of Rochester, NY; and Aline of Baltimore, MD; five brother-in-laws, Willie Wilson of Johnsonville, SC; Elder James Hanna of Lake City, SC; JP (Dolly) Reaves, Cliff Reaves, and Rubean Reaves all of Baltimore, MD, two grandchildren, Lakeisha Felder of Johnsonville, SC; Shanta Hanna of Hemingway, SC; two great-grandchildren, Omar O’Tay Dollard of Hemingway, SC and Makayla Lacheil Felder of Johnsonville, SC; two special cousins Bessa (James) Johnson and Deloris Eggleston. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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