Mary Jane LaVelle Davis Reeves Blair


Services for Mary Jane LaVelle Davis Reeves Blair, 99, of Kilgore, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home with Rev. David Hampton officiating. Burial will follow at Rusk County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. LaVelle completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Kilgore.

LaVelle was born on January 14, 1919 in Wanette, Okla., to the late Lee Houck Davis and Ollie Blackstone.  She owned and operated her own Beauty Shop in Laird Hill and worked for Kilgore Beauty Shop until her retirement.  LaVelle enjoyed dancing, painting and was a member of the Longview Art League. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt who will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Kenneth Reeves and wife Jo Beth of Kilgore; granddaughter, Jennifer Reeves Reed and husband Roy Lee of Kilgore; grandsons, David Reeves and Art Martine of Kilgore, Larry Reeves of McKinney and Darren Reeves and wife Christin of Midland; five great-grandchildren, Madison Reeves of McKinney, Chloe Reeves of Midland, Claire Reeves of Midland, Steven Lee Reed of Kilgore and Braxton Liam Reed of Kilgore. Also, LaVelle was cherished throughout her life by a special niece and their children, Vernell Allen of Longview as well as other loving family members.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jimmie Murphy Reeves and R.A. Blair; son, Jerry Lee Reeves; grandson, Steven Murphy Reeves;  Lori Reeves, wife of her grandson, Larry; sister, Ola Tracy; brothers, Leland Davis, Jack Davis, Joe Davis and Vernon Davis, and special niece, Jean Green.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Kim, Jennifer and Samantha with Compass Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of LaVelle during the final days of her earthly journey.

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