Smith Memory Chapel

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Stephanie Grey Reavis

March 2, 1977September 8, 2020

Stephanie Reavis passed away in Athens, Georgia on September 8, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

Her empathy, intelligence and creativity enriched all who knew her. She was generous without reservation, her gifts filled with kindness, spirit and energy. She was open and welcoming, quick to converse and connect with anyone she met.

Born on March 2, 1977 in Austin, Texas, Stephanie lived with her family in Texas before settling in 1986 in Barrow County, Georgia. She graduated from Winder-Barrow High School and then attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where she received a Bachelor of English degree with a minor in Art. She worked as a cook, hostess, and server, including many years at Château Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia.

She was profoundly creative and expressed herself through a broad mix of literature, music, arts and crafts. She wrote novels and short stories; wrote, directed, and performed in plays; performed and sung music; drew, painted, sculpted, and collaged; cooked and baked; hobbied and crafted; sewed and costumed. She taught painting and crafting. She was also a devoted fan of the works of others. She read voraciously, attended performances and events, and was a staunch supporter of the Athens drama and music scenes. She loved grand events, so her receptions and parties always included food and performance with a playful theme.

She is perhaps best known for her paintings. They range widely in subject and style, including abstracts, portraits, pets, and nature scenes. She drew on her formal education and skills but blended in her love of folk, pop and outsider art. Each painting is deeply personal, reflecting her sense of humor and love for her subjects. Some incorporate collage and other materials, and she constantly experimented with new styles and techniques to enrich her works.

Her most frequent subject was portraits of members of the Athens music and arts scene. She depicted them, usually in performance, often with whimsical or fantasy elements, and always with a shrewd eye for the uniqueness of each person. Her works occupy places of honor in homes and businesses throughout the area.

She will be forever missed by those who loved her. This includes her husband, Hasan Akdeniz, and her immediate family - her parents, John Henry Reavis, Jr. and Linda Pemberton Reavis; sisters, Melanie and Amie Reavis; and brother, Paul Reavis. Also grieving are a wealth of friends and collaborators and her large extended family in Texas, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois and Washington.

In lieu of flowers, her family prefers donations to charitable causes dear to Stephanie. AthFest Educates (http://athfesteducates.org) provides grants to elementary and middle school children in Athens-Clarke County to support art and music projects. Donations go towards a grant in Stephanie's name for a project her family will choose. Athens Pets (https://athenspets.net) is a volunteer group that helps the animals at Athens-Clarke County Animal Services. Donations support their work to connect these pets with loving homes.


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Leigh Tanner

September 18, 2020

Stephanie was a close friend for over 30 years and I feel it is not an exaggeration to say that I will never forget her. We shared the stage at WBHS, we sang karaoke together, we exchanged letters during college days, we exchanged silly presents, we laughed and cried over the most random things, we shared food and drinks, and we even painted together. I wish that I had kept in better touch with her over the last months of her life. It is heartbreaking to know that she is gone from this life, but heartwarming to know that she was loved by so many. Godspeed Stephanie. Continue to shine your light.

Leigh Tanner

September 18, 2020

Stephanie was a close friend for over 30 years and I think it's not an exaggeration to say that I will never forget her. We shared the stage at WBHS, we sang karaoke together, we exchanged goofy presents, we shared food and drinks, we laughed and cried over the most random stuff, and we even painted together. I wish I had kept in touch better during her struggle with cancer. The news of her passing is heartbreaking, but my heart and spirits are lifted knowing that she was loved by so many. Godspeed Stephanie. Continue to shine your light.

Linda K. Kadota

September 18, 2020

I'm so glad that I was able to connect with Stephanie through Facebook. I loved getting to know her vicariously through her posts and through her art, and I'm so sad that I'll never have the opportunity to meet her face-to-face. Rest in Peace, dear cousin.

Allison Birdsong

September 18, 2020

I knew Stephanie mostly through her sister Amie throughout our years of school. Until we because adults, our little group of friends were mostly an annoyance (as almost all little sisters and their friends are) but as we all became adults, Stephanie became closer to us and we hung out together, watched bad movies, exchanged goofy Christmas gifts, and just spent time talking about life, love, friends, memories and the future. I came to love and appreciate her unique wit and sense of humor. She was so talented, kind, and so loved by many. She will be missed. ❤️❤️

Karan and Pat Patterson

September 17, 2020

She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. Love and prayers to all.

Jean Biddle

September 11, 2020

I am so deeply saddened to hear that Stephanie is gone. She was always so gracious, so generous with both her time and her artistic gifts. Athens is dimmed by her loss.


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