Agnes Highsmith Reavis of Sabinal passed from this life on March 11, 2018 in Uvalde Healthcare and Rehab at the age of 98. She was born on February 13, 1920 in Sabinal to John Franklin and Effie Butts Highsmith. She married Oliver John (Doc) Reavis on July 12, 1939. The greatest joys in her life were family, gardening, and the many children whose lives she touched over the years. She considered them “her kids” and enjoyed sharing memories of each of them. She believed in hard work and exemplified this even in her hobbies. You could count on her garden to be successful and she thoroughly enjoyed sharing the bounty with others. She was a member of the Sabinal Church of Christ. Mrs. Reavis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and seven brothers: Lindsey, Milton, Leo, Jack, Bill, Johnie, and Doolie Highsmith. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Jones and husband, Luther of Huntsville, Jerry Reavis and wife, Kerry Sue of Utopia, and Jimmy Reavis and wife, Beth of Uvalde; seven grandchildren: Donny Yates and wife, Janelle; Kerri Avritt and husband, Billy Don; Kelly Lyssy and husband, Carl; Suzanne Wing; Jay Reavis and wife, Amy; Zac Reavis; and Lexie Reavis; eleven great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Kate Highsmith, Flossie Highsmith, Dorothy Highsmith, and Frances Highsmith Story. The family will greet visitors on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Sabinal. Funeral services follow at 1:00 pm. Burial will be in Waresville Cemetery, Utopia, TX. Pallbearers will be Donny Yates, Zac Reavis, Jason Yates, Brandon Yates, Carl Lyssy, Billy Don Avritt, Pat Highsmith, and Charlie Jack Woodley. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jay Reavis, Trent Lyssy, Glenn McDonald, and Diane Causey.
Send my condolences and love to all the family... I have known Agnes “Nanny” as we all called her all my life... Nanny was Very stern in her teaching and discipline areas.... But have the softest heart of any woman I know... Alway a sweet pick you up if you were down or a stern learn your lesson and don’t make that mistake again if you have done something wrong.... I loved to help her at her home when she needed extra help with daycare.... RIP Nanny .... Rest In Paradise.... Love Alway.... Tammi
Tammi Couch CuppesUtopia, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all while you celebrate the life of a special lady. She was Grace and love in all ways.
Cathy Boyce OlsenAustin, TX
Aunt Sis was such a wonderful lady. I so loved it when as a child my family Dooley Highsmirh’s would visit my Aunt Sis and Doc’s place and she would have the beds out on the screened in porch for us kids to sleep on especially when it was raining the sound of the rain hitting the metal roof. Long for those days.
Bryan HighsmirhSan Angelo, TX
Agnes (Nanny) Reavis was a special Angel put on this earth. The first time I met Nanny was January 1981 I had been hired by the Sabinal Bank and was in dire need of a baby sitter for my little boy Charlie Jack Woodley. She and Doc were retiring from the ranch at Sabino Grande and were moving to their house in town. They hadn't quite moved everything, but Nanny would drive every morning from the ranch to keep Charlie. Later Doc finally retired and helped Nanny babysit Charlie. Doc would love to teach Charlie all sorts of little tricks and especially how to shake his fist at his Mama. I would get off work, go pick Charlie up and Doc would say "Charlie shake you fist at your Mama" Well believe me, he not only would shake his fist, he would shake all over. Doc and Nanny would laugh and laugh. I only wish I would have the patience that she had. The kids she kept always minded Nanny. I remember the time that Charlie bit Allen Phillips hard. Nanny told Allen to bite him back, but Allen didn't really want to soooooo, Nanny did the honors. Charlie was a terrible biter, but one bite from Nanny and he bit no more. Yea Nannie!! She showed the kids she kept discipline and most of all LOVE. I never knew a kid that didn't want to go to Nannies. She not only kept Charlie in my family but she kept my grand kids also. She taught me how to can tomatoes and put up bread and butter pickles. Her gardening was her hobby, and I do know one of her secrets was the Medina fertilizer from Hondo. She swore by it. She was one of a kind, believe me there will never be one to fill her shoes. I fill honored and blessed beyond all means having been able to know such a wonderful lady. She is forever in my heart. Very special Angel from God. Love you Nanny.
Chris ColvinSabinal, TX