Mrs. Jessie Hale Reaves age 95, passed away Friday August 10, 2012 in residence while living with her daughter and son-in-law in Landfall. She was born December 27, 1916 in Rockingham NC daughter of the late Everette Jonah Hale and Nezzie Williams Hale. She was predeceased by her son Clifford McDonald Reaves Jr. (Mac), and the father of her children, Clifford McDonald Reaves Sr.
Jessie was well known in the Business field of Wilmington, working many years in the New Hanover County auditors office. She was fiscal officer of the Head Start program in Charlotte in its infancy. She was a charter member of the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation at Bayshore. Jessie held many fund raisers and functions in her home for the church.
She is survived by her daughter Priscilla Coleman and son-in-law Louis of Wilmington, and daughter Elizabeth Harrelson and son-in-law Buddy of Burgaw; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; Jessie was one of eight children of which two sisters remain, Fran Abegg, and Rosalee Hook both of Wilmington
Funeral services will be Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm at the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation at Bayshore. Reverend Bill Milholland will officiate. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church at 11:00 am Wednesday, one hour before the service.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.harrellsfh.com. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation 7500 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28411, or Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1406 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401