Evelyn Shillinglaw Reavis

April 13, 1930July 13, 2018
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Evelyn Shillinglaw Reavis of Salisbury, NC, stepped into the loving arms of Jesus and saw the face of God on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Genesis Healthcare. She was born April 13, 1930, in Rowan County, to the late Marion “Doc” Shillinglaw and Bessie Spears Shillinglaw of China Grove.

She graduated in 1948 from China Grove High School and later in life attended Salisbury Business College. Her career included working at the former China Grove Hardware, Rowan Printing Company, and Rowan Business Forms from where she retired after 45 years of service, at the age of 80. She was a faithful member of Charity League of Salisbury for over 30 years, serving the noon meal to Rotary Club members, especially “her” Table 5. She was also Treasurer of the League for many years. Evelyn had also earned the Star Recorder degree while a member of the former Salisbury Women of the Moose.

She was a member of Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, Salisbury, NC. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband David (D.W. 6/30/1997), beloved daughter Karen Reavis Littleton (9/12/2013), sons-in-law who she loved like sons Tom Barnhardt (2/21/2015) & Jeff Littleton (6/21/16), grandson Brandon Littleton (6/6/2015), great grandson, Gavin Littleton (6/25/17), brothers infant Marshall, Otho (Mary) Shillinglaw and Earl (Marie) Shillinglaw; sisters Dorothy (Luther) Goodman, Mabel S. Hoosier Funderburk, Lois (Lynn) Smith, and Rachel (Cecil Boyd) Miller.

She is survived by her daughter Vickie R. Barnhardt. Grandson Eric Todd (Jennifer) Littleton and children “Brie”, Laney, and Lexie. Grandson Jordan Kirk Littleton (Whitney Cook) and children Kain and Averie. She is also survived by Brandon’s sons, Xander and Beckett (his Mother Rebecca Loveland). She has one great-great grandson, Wyatt Mauldin and a step-grandson Brandon (Amber) Boettcher, Carlee, DJ, and Addie. Also surviving is her sister Mary Geneva Reavis, Rockwell, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Thursday, July 19, 5-7 p.m., at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, NC The family will be at her residence from 1:00p - 7:00 p, Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Service: Will be conducted by Don Vess, Pastor, Destiny City Church, at 7 p.m. on July 19 at Linn-Honeycutt Chapel, China Grove, NC

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Rowan Hospice, 720 Grove St, Salisbury, NC 28144

Burial will at the Historic National Cemetery, Government Rd, Salisbury, NC, on Monday, July 23, at ___11 am______.

“Skip on the streets of Gold and dance from Cloud to Cloud. Your chains are broken and you’ve been set free. Wait there with God until one day again you will wrap your arms around me.”

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  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Burial Monday, July 23, 2018

Evelyn Shillinglaw Reavis

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John Glaze

July 24, 2018

I was sorry to learn of Evelyn's passing. She was a great friend at credit exchange meetings and so much fun. I remember even when she got a little older and less steady on her feet, everyone surrounded her to help her get to meals or change of meeting rooms. I can only imagine the wonderful memories Evelyn's family shares! May God comfort you as you go through this period of grief and find your new "normal".
I wanted to share this memory of one of our meetings in San Francisco.

Gayle Redwine

July 23, 2018

Evelyn was such a SPECIAL lady. I met her at a Credit Meeting and enjoyed her company during many such meetings down through the years. Her laugh was contagious and I really missed her when she no longer came to our meetings. I remember her love for life and gambling. We made several trips where there was a casino close by and she would accompany me and Larry to see if we could win just a little bit (ha ha). We had such fun times. I know you will miss her greatly. Thank you for sharing your family tribute with us!!