Don Arlen Reavis
Don Arlen Reavis
Don Arlen Reavis, 79, of Wimberley, TX passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 6, surrounded by his adoring family. Don was born in High Island, TX on Dec. 31, 1937 to Rad and Irma (Tuttle) Reavis. Don was a devoted husband, supportive father, and loving grandfather; he inspired his children to follow Christ and pursue their dreams.
An ordained minister, he had a lifelong passion for missions; he served as a summer missionary in Hawaii, helped students and families along the Rio Grande River, and instilled the love of missions in others. His favorite times were those where he could blend his love of woodworking with his talent for building on summer family mission trips to Colorado. His professional career was an extension of that love for serving others. Don served as a Baptist Student Union Director for six years in West Texas and then found a home encouraging and mentoring prospective missionaries at the Southern Baptist International Mission Board for over 30 years. During his career, he and Barbara were residents of Richmond, VA for 25 years where they were active members of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church and Derbyshire Baptist Church. After retirement, they were faithful members of the San Marcos First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara, and his grandson, Andrew Reavis. Don is survived by his son, Lt. Col. Bill Reavis, USMC (ret) and his wife, Melanie of Tappahannock, VA; daughter, Arlene Spencer and her husband, Clifford of Wimberley, TX; grandchildren, Will Reavis and his wife, Sarah; Kyle Reavis; Clayton Spencer and his wife, Katelyn; Cody Spencer and his wife, Marissa; Brittney, Rachael, and Hunter Throckmorton; two great-grandchildren, Liam and Millie Reavis; brother, Elwyn Reavis and his wife, Mary; sister, Rosie Stanley and her husband, Boe; brother, Paul Reavis and his wife, Marguerite.
The family will receive friends at the Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Wimberley Cemetery. A celebration of Don’s life will follow at 11 a.m., Friday at the First Baptist Church in San Marcos with Rev. Tom Warrington officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FBC San Marcos or the American Heart Association. Don’s family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice for their care and compassion.
Please sign the online guest registry at www.thomasonfuneralhome.com. Thomason Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-396-2300.