Bessie Reavis Baltimore teacher

A Mass of Christian burial for Bessie Reavis, a retired home economics teacher in the Baltimore public schools, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues.

Mrs. Reavis, who was 92, died Friday of heart failure at her home on Division Street.


She retired in 1962 from the Carver Vocational Technical High School after teaching there and at Paul Laurence Dunbar Sr. High School.

Before coming to Baltimore in 1925, she taught at schools in Williamsburg, Va., and Winston-Salem, N.C.


The former Bessie Dove was a native of Williamsburg and a graduate of Hampton University.

She did graduate work at Morgan State University and at New York University, where she earned a master's degree.

Her husband, Newman B. Reavis, also a retired teacher in the Baltimore schools, died last July.

She is survived by a son, Sherman Hill Reavis of Baltimore; a sister, Nannie D. Waters of Wilmington, Del.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.