William Reeves Jr.

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  • "Dr. Reeves and Family, So sorry for the loss of your Father..."
    - Larry and Fay King
  • "Dear Bo and family - God's peace in the midst of this time..."
    - Ralph Hill
  • "I am so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts..."
    - Mary Ann Beaudrot
  • "Lucy Dean, Bo, Beth, and Misty, I was shocked to hear that..."
    - Kay Lee Hennessee
  • "Enjoyed being your friend and student during your coaching..."
    - Benny Tumbleston
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REEVES, JR., William Longtime Dorchester County educator and school board member William M. "Bill" Reeves Jr. died Tuesday following heart surgery last week. He was 69. Born in Ridgeville, Reeves spent almost his entire life in Dorchester County. He worked for more than two decades as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent before being promoted to superintendent of Dorchester District 2 in 1985. In 2007, Reeves was honored by having a new elementary school in Summerville named after him, distinguishing him as the only school board member in the Lowcountry so honored. He also received the Order of The Palmetto from the state of South Carolina. Reeves led the Summerville-based district for more than nine years, overseeing operations as the district's enrollment rose from 11,000 students to 15,300 students. The district now enrolls more than 20,000 students. Reeves retired as superintendent in 1994 and served as headmaster of Pinewood Preparatory School from 1995-97. His love of education drew him back in 2002 when he was appointed to serve on the District 2 school board. He won re-election in 2004 and planned to run again in November. Reeves earned a degree in economics from Newberry College, a master's in education administration from Western Carolina University and a post-graduate education specialist degree from The Citadel. He began his career in education as a teacher at St. Paul's High School on Yonges Island. Reeves is survived by his wife, Lucy Altman Reeves; a son, Dr. William M. Reeves III Bo and wife Lee of Summerville; two daughters, Elizabeth Behling and husband Dr. Don Behling of Florence and Melissa Myrick of Sullivan's Island; two sisters, Betty Black and husband Tommy and Sue Givens and husband Ronnie, all of Summerville; and nine grandchildren, William M. Reeves IV Miles , Gracie Reeves, Avery Behling, Molly Reeves, Zach Myrick, Maggie Behling, Bennett Reeves, Will Myrick and Jeffrey Behling. He was predeceased by his parents, William M. and Virginia V. Reeves, and a son, Rich Reeves. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Black at 105 President Circle in Summerville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville with burial in Summerville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard D. Reeves Memorial Fund c/o Dorchester School District II, 102 Greenwave Blvd., Summerville, SC 29483. Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 130 West 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.
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