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Charles R Reeves

July 23, 1932October 11, 2020

Charles R. “Dick” Reeves, 88, died under hospice care on October 11, 2020, in Williamsburg, VA, after an extended illness. He is survived by his daughter, Diane Reeves of Williamsburg; son, Douglas Reeves and wife Cynthia, of Wayne, PA; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher; brother, Robert Reeves and wife Janet, of Cincinnati, OH; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his cherished wife of 58 years, Dorothy, in 2013.

In 1932, Dick was born in Columbus, OH, to the late Charles V. and Amelia M. Reeves and lived in Toledo and Akron before moving to Wheeling, WVA. There he graduated from Triadelphia High School in 1950. He earned an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University School of Speech in 1954, and in 1955, he married Dorothy. After serving in the U.S. Army in 1955 and in 1956 in Fort Knox, KY, he started his radio career at Wheeling’s WWVA/AM Radio in 1957. When he won a CBS Foundation Fellowship to Manhattan’s Columbia University in 1959, Dick, Dorothy and their two children relocated to New York City, after which Dick began a 34-year career at CBS News.

During his time at CBS, Dick was a radio news writer, street reporter and anchor for WCBS/AM Radio in New York, as well as a founding member of the management team that designed and started the all-news CBS Radio format in 1967. In addition, he was a producer, executive producer, writer, broadcaster and reporter, covering assignments globally and nationally, including Presidential trips, funerals for heads of state, political conventions and other special events. He was also a producer of the CBS/TV Morning News with Hughes Rudd. Radio broadcasts he worked on won three Peabody Awards, as well as Ohio State and other prominent industry awards.

After moving from New York City, Dick and Dorothy raised their family in northern New Jersey, where they lived from 1963 to 1994, before retiring to Williamsburg. Here they became active members of their new community for nearly 20 years. Dick’s activities included those as a vital member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, an avid Ham Radio and Healing Harmonicas club participant, and a sometime instructor of Christopher Wren courses about the media. Along with Dorothy, he became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, working with the local Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on cases of abused and neglected children. At the request of James City County Social Services, they created a book about adopting victims of abuse and neglect, Adoption … A New Step in Life (@2007).

In addition to his extensive professional resume and dedicated social involvement, Dick Reeves was an exceedingly kind, soft-spoken gentleman, with a disarming smile and keen sense of humor. Among other things, he loved listening to Bach and Jazz, spending time with his family, reading the newspaper, traveling the world, enjoying the quiet of the woods, doing crossword puzzles, swimming at the Maine seashore, watching sports and entertaining certain small dogs. His special presence, gifted writing style and mellifluous voice will be greatly missed by many, near and far.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185 ( or Save the Children Fund, 501 Kings Hwy E, Suite 400, Fairfield, CT 06825 ( Final arrangements are pending.


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Susanna Owens

October 19, 2020

Dick will be truly missed! I have such fond memories of Dick and Dorothy in adult classes and discussions at St. Stephen. He was always so thoughtful, caring and open to learning. Sending prayers for comfort to the Reeves family.

Susanna Owens

Ed and Ellen Vrana

October 17, 2020

Hello Diane and Doug,
Through Zion heard of your father's death. You both have our deepest sympathy. We recall the farewell Sunday, in winter, terrible ice and snow so we brought all the hot chocolate and pastries to the sanctuary to bid farewell to your parents. My memory does not serve me whether you both were there. We cannot number how many times we sat directly in back of your parents and to this day we think of it as "Dorothy and Dick's pew."
You come from the best stock possible, we wish for you both warmest of memories, and that the "Good Lord" will continue to keep you in his loving care.
Your parents were a treasure to all who knew them.
Warm memories and continuing love, Ed and Ellen Vrana

joann gomez

October 15, 2020

I only met your Dad a few times but yes he was a kind and gentle person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Mike and Joann Gomez

Karen Peifer

October 13, 2020

May God bless the Reeves family members in their grief over the death of their dad. It is always hard to say good-bye. My special thoughts are with my friend Diane, Mr. Reeves' daughter. She has been nothing short of devoted to him, and spent the last 5 years of his life being the lead caretaker. I cannot say enough about her focus and love that have been evident throughout Mr. Reeves' journey. If you have faith in God, you will not be sorry as a loved one passes into eternal life. Jesus is waiting.


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