Walter Dixon Reaves Jr.
Story furnished by Clarence
Walter D. “Buster” Reaves, a
Glendale native, was the son of
Walter D. and Mattie Wofford Reaves. (See Glendale
Foods). Walter was a member of the Glendale
Church and was a Duke Power Bus driver before and after
military service, retiring after many years of service.
Walter first married Susie Solesby, the daughter of Joe J. and Hester
Fisher Solesby before going into military service during WW2. Susie had
3 or more siblings, Mae, Robert and Blanche Solesby. Walter and Susie
had no children.
His first marriage having fallen apart, Walter married Ginette Millot,
whom he met during service overseas. Ginette was born in Parris,
France. Walter and his dad were good rock masons and built Ginette and
himself a lovely rock home just outside of Glendale,
off the Glendale/County Club road. They had a loving and happy
marriage until the Ginette’s death in April 2008. They were the parents
of one son, Walter Dixon Reaves III.
Excerpts from the obituary of Ginette Millot Reaves published April 2,
“Ginette Millot Reaves, 79, died April 1, 2008 at the Spartanburg
Regional Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Jean and Madaline
Millot. She was a loving mother and friend and was a member of the Glendale Baptist Church and had retired
from the Mary Black Hospital as a CNA.
Survivors were; her husband, Walter D. Reaves Jr. and one son, Dixon
Reaves. She was predeceased by one brother, Pierre Millot. Graveside
services were held in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.”
Excerpts from the obituary of Walter D. Reaves Jr., published November
"Walter (Buster) Dixon Reaves Jr. 97, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010,
at the Richard M. Campbell VA Nursing Home, Anderson, S. C. He was the
widower of Ginette Millot Reaves and the son of the late Walter Dixon
Sr. and Mattie Wofford Reaves.
He was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and had retired as a Duke
Power bus driver.
He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army during WW2 and was awarded The
American Theater Service Metal, EAME Service Metal with two Bronze
Service Stars, Good Conduct Metal and World War 2 Victory Metal.
He was survived by one son, W. Dixon Reaves III; two nephews, Walter
Blain Corn and wife, Pat, James Dixon Corn and wife, Olsey; also a dear
friend and caregiver, Ann S. Brown.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Nell R. Corn and Edith R.
Graveside services held in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg,
Writer’s comments; I had known “Buster” Reaves all of my life. Walter
was a peach of a guy, kind, gentle, soft spoken and greeted everyone
with a big smile. He was loved and appreciated by all in the community.
I was serving as Glendale Postmaster
when Ginette came to the States. She could barely speak English but
always had a warm “good morning” greeting when she came every day to
the Glendale Post Office to see if she
had any mail from home. She was one of the most gracious ladies I have
ever known and was a delight to greet and talk with every morning.
Obituaries courtesy of the Spartanburg County Library.
Clarence E. Crocker, July 2013
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