Dorothy T. Reeves

Dorothy T. Reeves, 82, died suddenly on October 7 at Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg. She was born on December 30, 1930, daughter of the late Manuel and Barbara Thanos of Logan, WVA. She is survived by Dick Reeves, her husband of 58 years; their daughter Diane Reeves; their son Douglas Reeves and his wife Cynthia Reeves; grandchildren Elizabeth Reeves and Christopher Reeves; brother-in-law Robert Reeves and his wife Janet Reeves; and several nephews and nieces.
Dorothy and Dick moved to James City County from northern New Jersey 20 years ago after retirement, Dorothy from NJ's Westwood Regional School District, and Dick from CBS News in Manhattan.
She was born and grew up in Martins Ferry, OH, graduated from Martins Ferry High School and went on to Marshall College in Huntington, WVA, where she majored in drama and radio broadcasting. After graduation she went to work at WWVA Radio, the CBS affiliate in Wheeling, WVA, where Dick was on the announcing staff. The two met, were mutually smitten, and a courtship was born.

In January, 1955, Dick went to Fort Knox, KY, for basic training and assignment to the information office. Dick and Dorothy were married in August that year, and she joined him in Kentucky around Christmas. At the end of 1956 Dick was discharged, and two days later, Dorothy gave birth to their son.

Returning to the Wheeling area, Dick and Dorothy went back on the radio, and in 1959, daughter Diane was born. Later in 1959, the family moved to New York City when Dick was awarded a CBS Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University, and after that was hired to write news broadcasts at WCBS Radio.

In 1961, they bought a house in Teaneck, NJ, and, when the children were slightly older, Dorothy returned to college to become a special ed teacher and speech language pathologist in Westwood's district schools, where she taught for 22 years.

Dorothy loved church, family, children and singing. She collected recipes and glass, studied real estate ads and interior design. She left behind renovation notes posted on her kitchen cabinets. Her first church was St. John Lutheran in Martins Ferry, where she was married and her children later baptized. Later, it was Zion Lutheran, Saddle River, NJ, where she once served as president of the congregation. Finally, she attended Williamsburg's St. Stephen Lutheran. Everywhere, "church" meant opportunities not only to join choirs but also to be cantor, lector, greeter, teacher, giver. Dorothy also satisfied her appetite to sing as a member of both the Williamsburg Women's Chorus and Williamsburg Choral Guild.
One expression of her love of children was when she and her husband became CASA volunteers, working with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on cases of abused and neglected children. At the request of James City County Social Services, they also created a book about adopting victims of abuse and neglect.
Dorothy's Memorial Service was held Saturday morning, October 12, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Stephen Lutheran Church;The Williamsburg Choral Guild; or Colonial CASA.

Published in Virginia Gazette from Oct. 18 to Nov. 17, 2013