Mrs. Nelvin Burton Gunn Reeves, 99 affectionately known as Miss Nelvin by so many, died peacefully at her home on December 21 surrounded by family. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles R. Reeves, her son, Charles B. Reeves, her parents, 3 brothers and a sister.
She was born in Wentworth, NC, January 10, 1921 to Alvin and Nelle Gunn. She attended Brevard College and graduated from Women’s College of Greensboro (UNC-Greensboro) with a degree in elementary education in 1941. She met her husband during her first teaching job at Monticello School in Brown Summit, NC.
She is survived by her son, Mark Reeves (Peggy) of the home, her daughter, Sharon Butler (David) of Morganton and her daughter-in-law, Joy Reeves of the home. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Robert Reeves (Sabrina), Natalie Lamb (Carl), Allison Hays (Chris), Tracy Gravely (Chuck), Meredith Pope (Kevin), Leslie Reeves, Matthew Butler (Megan) and Byron Reeves (Lesley). And lastly, by her beloved great-grandchildren, Kyle,` Tyler and Madeline Reeves, Joshua and Ayden Lamb, Lindsey and Brett Hays, Rachel and Stephen Gravely, Laney Pope, Luke Butler, Charleston and Stella Reeves.
Mrs. Reeves came to Parkersburg in 1942 as a new bride and within the first year she was in charge of music at Parkersburg Baptist Church. This became an opportunity for a life of service to her Lord and to this church. She continued to ensure that there was music in the church for more than 75 years. She leaves behind countless members of choirs that she directed through the years, as well as a congregation who loved her dearly.
Due to current COVID 19 conditions and the family’s desire to keep everyone safe, there will be a graveside service on Sunday, December 27 at 2:00 PM at the Parkersburg Baptist Church Cemetery for family only.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Parkersburg Baptist Church WMU in care of Joy Reeves, 3060 Greens Bridge Road, Garland, NC 28411.
Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 401 W. Roseboro Street, Roseboro, NC.
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