Marian Fields Reeves

June 18, 1930March 22, 2019

LEXINGTON – Marian Fields Reeves died Friday, March 22, 2019. Born in Society Hill, SC, she was a daughter of the late Sidney Weber Fields and Sarah Catherine Griggs Fields. She attended Winthrop University and was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church. She was the Director of Evening School at University of South Carolina and later retired in July 1996.

Surviving are her daughter, Rachel Potts (Bryan) of Little Mountain, SC; grandchildren, Rachel Ross Reeves, August Reeves Potts, Mary Ashley Reeves, and Sarah Katherine Potts; daughter-in-law, Laura Reeves Fowles (William); and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Benjamin Reeves, Jr.; son, Joseph Benjamin Reeves III; brother, Charles Fields; and sisters, Willie Margaret McCaskill, Eleanor Johnstone, Beverly Stokes, Catherine Goodson, Miriam Robinson, and Peggy Kirkland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1416 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210 or American Cancer Society, 200 Center Point Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29210.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. A private interment will follow the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family.

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Chris Chadwick

April 1, 2019

So sorry to hear about Marian's passing. Such fond memories of my time in your home... your mom made me feel like family. She was a sweet, kind woman. Just a fine southern lady. Hugs to you Rachel, Lisa and I know exactly how this feels.

Melvin Musgrove

March 31, 2019

I got to know Mrs. Reeves in my teens. I was a frequent visitor in their home
on K Ave. Joe and Rachel have always been a part of my life.
Their home was a place of comfort and love for one another and it was always on display.
I spent many nights there and would always wake up early and spend time with Mrs. Reeves drinking coffee and will always have fond memories of my time with her. My children and my wife Janet have also felt the love and closeness of our families.
Mrs. Reeves, you are now the “ Precious Cargo” headed home. You are loved
and will be missed. We’ll see you in the Promise Land.
Melvin Musgrove and family.🙏🏻

Kathy Goff

March 30, 2019

I will miss this beautiful woman. Her “candid” way she spoke to people, her ability to make people laugh, and her incredible intelligence. I will miss her infectious laugh, wonderful stories, but most of all I will miss her spoken love for her family! So many favorites stories flood my memory of her, but one of my favorites was a trip to NewYork City that we took as a mother/daughter weekend (Marian/Rachel, my mom and myself) we were on an hotel elevator, heading down from the 25 floor, as it stopped so frequently on each floor, and more and more people got on, it became apparent that it was quite “overloaded”. Marian had had enough,and in a very loud voice at the next stopped floor, she declared that “not another person would be allowed on that elevator!”Needless to say not another person got on the elevator the rest of the way down. She had that way of “making an unforgettable impression” on people.
I will miss her, but I thank God I that knew her and that she left behind a incredible legacy in her daughter, and her grandchildren! Until we see each other again, I love you Marian!

Debi Brandt

March 30, 2019

I always remember her as a 2nd mother to me. There are endlessly memories I have of her and all of them good!
She was an one of a kind person, loving, nurturing, kind. The list could go on.
She adored her family with all of her heart she always wanted the very best for everyone she knew.
One memory that always makes me laugh was me and Rachel were going off with Joe and as we were getting in the car she says to Joe. Joe son now you be careful you have precious cargo Rachel and I giggled about that for years however I knew without a doubt she loved us all.
I know for sure now she is with her loved ones who passed before her, I think I am most happy knowing she finally able to see her son Joe who she mourned so deeply for many years.
Yes I loved her and one day we will all see her again and there will be no more goodbyes.

Kerry Browm

March 29, 2019

I remember when Mrs. reeves would bring August tor the office to meet up with Rachel, they always went to Toys-r-us befsre going home to get a toy! Every time!!! I thought this was special. As a grandmother, it was her job to spoil you guys!!!😊. I’ll miss Mrs Reeves always speaking her mind. You never had to wonder what she was thinking! Excellent sense of humor!! We’re all going to miss her!!!

Ellen Duffy Cleary

March 29, 2019

I am going to miss Marian so much! She was a riot! One of the nicest and wittiest people I knew. On our visits and occasional lunches, she would entertain me endlessly with stories about USC in the old days. She loved to tell people about our shenanigans together in New Orleans, many years ago. My dad, John Duffy, loved her very much. I hope they are catching up in heaven. I know it is a brighter place now!

Everose Alexander

March 28, 2019

Marian was one of the nicest friends I have ever known. She was always so nice, pleasant and cordial. We have shared many laughs in the AEC Lounge, back in the days before we had the food catered. Never heard her say anything bad about anyone. She was a dear, dear person and someone who made everyone feel better for having been in her presence. She will be sorely missed.

Lisa Tjaarda

March 27, 2019

Dear Rachel and family, I am heartbroken to see this sad news. Please be in touch with me when you have a chance. I did love your Momma and will miss our marathon “catching up” phone calls!

Pat Moody

March 25, 2019

Marian was one the nicest people I have known. She was always happy and laughing and fun to be around. She was the Dean’s Assistant when I was a Graduate Assistant in The College of Education. I thought she and Betty Guinan knew everything. Wonderful lady who was an original and loved by all who knew her!