Mary Byrd Reeves
April 1, 1926 – June 14, 2019
Mary Byrd Reeves, 93, of Macon, Georgia passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. A celebration of life will be held Monday, June 17, 2019, at 3:00 PM at Vineville Baptist Church, 2591 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204. Dr. Richard Kremer will officiate, and a special family tribute will be given by Dale Washburn. The family will greet guests at 2:00 PM prior to the service. A private entombment for family only will follow at Macon Memorial Park located at 3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA.
Mrs. Reeves was born in Jones County, Georgia on April 1, 1926, to Glenn and Pearl Hammock. She attended Jones County High School in Jones County, GA. She married her first love, John Lewis Byrd, when she was sixteen and worked at Bibb Mill in the payroll department, before quitting to become a full-time wife and mother. After her husband suddenly passed away, she found new love with William B (Bill) Reeves whom she married in 1987. Mrs. Reeves loved being a homemaker – cooking, cleaning, sewing, needlework, and caring for her family. More accurately, she was a home administrator extraordinaire. Throughout her life, Mrs. Reeves was an active member of Eastside Baptist Church, Cross Keys Baptist Church where she volunteered as church hostess preparing Wednesday evening meals for the church members, and Vineville Baptist Church, where she served as secretary of her Sunday School Class.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, William B. Reeves, her husband of 42 years, John Lewis Byrd; mother, Pearl Roberts Hammock, father, Glenn Hammock, brothers Charles Hammock, Everett Hammock, Robert Hammock, Fred Hammock; sisters Gladys Simmons and Louve (Vee) Platt; son, John Michael Byrd; and grandson, Dale Rodney Byrd, Jr.
Mrs. Reeves is survived by son Rodney Byrd (JoCarol) of McRae; stepdaughters Donna Washburn (Dale) and Karen Gilchrist (Paul) of Macon, Victoria Powell (Johnny) of Roswell; grandchildren: Mandy Lumley (Tony Nelson), Leslee Brown (Brooks), John Byrd, and Jodi York (Joey); Casey Washburn (Robyn), Bradley Washburn (Lainey), Melissa Washburn, Ben Washburn (Bekah), and Dina Reed; nieces Sandra Blythe (Joe), Carole Porch (Jim), and Anne Fitch; nephews Fred Hammock, Jr. (Norma), Alan Hammock (Artis); 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Peggy Mills, faithful family caregiver for four years, and the nurses and staff at Heartland Hospice in Macon for the care given to Mrs. Reeves in the final months of her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vineville Baptist Church and Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund (www.HeartlandHospiceFund.org/Donate).
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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of arrangements.
- Mrs. Reeves is survived by son Rodney Byrd (JoCarol) of McRae; stepdaughters Donna Washburn (Dale) and Karen Gilchrist (Paul) of Macon, Victoria Powell (Johnny) of Roswell; grandchildren: Mandy Lumley (Tony Nelson), Leslee Brown (Brooks), John Byrd, and Jodi York (Joey); Casey Washburn (Robyn), Bradley Washburn (Lainey), Melissa Washburn, Ben Washburn (Bekah), and Dina Reed; nieces Sandra Blythe (Joe), Carole Porch (Jim), and Anne Fitch; nephews Fred Hammock, Jr. (Norma), Alan Hammock (Artis); 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Vineville Baptist Church
2591 Vineville Ave, Macon, GA
3312 Northside Drive, D250,
- Visitation Monday, June 17, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Monday, June 17, 2019
Mary Byrd Reeves
June 15, 2019
Rodney and all families,
So sorry for your journey of loss. We worshipped together every Sunday as children (Jane Hudson). Your Mom and Dad both added a great foundation to carry us through the best and worst of life's journey. Your Mom was a Beautiful Lady inside and out. Prayers of comfort as you travel through this Season of Loss. I can assure you, Ms. Mary covered you with prayers till you meet again.
Carlene Byrd Hibbitts
June 15, 2019
I was so blessed to share a part of my younger life with Mary and John Byrd ( my dads cousin). I loved and respected them both. What wonderful memories I have of staying with her, Mike and Rodney after school; visiting their home with Mom and dad; what a great cook she was; what a happy person she was. After John passed away, she married Mr Bill Reeves. How blessed she was to have two wonderful , Godly husbands who loved her and their families. Years later I would see them occasionally in Warner Robins where I live and we would visit and chat; they were so happy together and just looked after each other. God thank you that Mary, Mr Bill and John were a part of my life; that they touched my heart with their love for You and for each other. I know that heaven has gained two more angels and I am so blessed to know that because of your love for us and your promises we will see them again. I praise You for their lives and their love.