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Donella Reaves

d. August 8, 2022

Mrs. Donella “Donnie” Campbell Reaves was born July 12, 1942, to the late Delois and Frank O. Campbell. She departed this life on Monday, August 8, 2022.

Donella affectionately called “Donnie” was a graduate of Columbus High School in Lake View, South Carolina. She was the 1960 Class Valedictorian and also was a cheerleader.  She later attended South Carolina State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree. She worked as a teacher and retired from Florence School District One after several years. 

On December 25, 1964, Donella was married to the late Harry L. Reaves, and they were blessed with three sons, Donald, Harry, and Terence. 

Donella was a member of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Florence, South Carolina and served on the Senior Usher Board.. She belonged to the Retired Teachers Association, The Widows of Vietnam Veterans, and an active member of the Columbus Heritage Society in Lake View, South Carolina. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delois and Frank O. Campbell; and a brother, Jimmie H. A. Campbell.   

Those left to cherish her memories are her three sons, Donald C. Reaves of the home, Harry L (Barbara) Reaves of Cranston, Rhode Island, and Terence J. (Selena) Reaves of Kennesaw, Georgia; twelve grandchildren, Cassie, Donald, Jr., Anthony, Andre, Quentin, Delano, Caleb, Calen, Megan, Matthew, Jalen, and Sanaa; three sisters, Mazel Arnette of Lake View, South Carolina, Patricia Bethea of Florence, South Carolina, and Cheryl James of Lake View, South Carolina; five sisters-in-law, Mary A. Campbell of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, Odessa R. Graves of Florence, South Carolina, Elizabeth R. (Ivory) Wilson of Winter Haven, Florida, Mable R. (Maxie) Campbell of Teaneck, New Jersey, and Alice Reaves of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.   

Mrs. Donella C. Donnie Reaves will always  be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, co-worker, and friend and will be missed dearly.

Please keep the family of Donella C. Reaves in your thoughts and prayers. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 11, 2022

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

J.O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel (Smith Funeral Home)

307 S. Johns Street , Florence, SC 29506

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 12, 2022

Starts at 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Florence National Cemetery

1001 Stockade Dr., Florence , SC 29505

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