Donald Wayne “Don” Reavis, 79, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, passed on to glory Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
He was born Feb. 15, 1939, in Madison County to Carl and Juanita Jamerson Reavis.
After graduating high school from Mars Hill High School, Don began a 56-year career in law enforcement when he served his country as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. He completed N.C. Highway Patrol Basic School in 1961 and worked the roads of Cherokee, Yancey and Buncombe counties with Troop G for 30 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant in 1991.
His sense of duty and love of law enforcement called him back into service to the citizens of Buncombe County. Fondly referred to as “Chief,” he served as chief deputy to Charlie Long and Van Duncan, retiring again in 2014.
Don learned to trust the Lord at an early age. Growing up in rural Madison County in a close-knit family, he learned the benefits that faith, family and honest work provide, and he held fast to those values until his death.
Don taught children’s Sunday School and served in various roles in Murphy, Burnsville and Flat Creek Baptist churches. His hand-written notes for Sunday’s lesson, prepared only hours before his death, included Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leroy Revis (Irene).
Left to cherish his memory are his childhood sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Brenda Ray Reavis; son, Joseph D. Reavis (Susan); granddaughters, Amanda Williams (David), and Sarah; brothers, Homer Revis (Margaret) and Randy Rice; sister, Helen Revis Coyle (Daryl); several nieces and nephews; and his Flat Creek Baptist Church and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department families.
The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Blue Ridge Funeral Service in Mars Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville.