|On the lovely fall morning of September 25, 1991, Allen and Jerilee were injured and killed. Allen (called Dickie by family) was the son of Fredna Reeves Akin and the late Reverend Allen R. Reeves. Jerilee, daughter of Orville Davis and the late Esther Lee Davis, died September 27,1991 from injuries received. Their double funeral was held September 30, 1991.
Dickie was born January 6, 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaii. At age of seven, he made a profession of faith. He gave his life to ministry when he was fourteen years old. After graduation from high school, he entered Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill, later transferring to the Dallas Bible Institute where he met Jerilee. They were married July 11, 1954. He graduated from Southeastern in Hammond, Louisiana with a Masters degree in Education. Dickie had a varied lifestyle for many years. He worked as a Lab Technician, Restaurant manager, Hematologist, teacher and minister. He served United Methodist Churches for a few years and then found another place of service nine years ago when he was called to Southside Baptist Church in Denham Springs which he was serving at the time of his death.
He was an excellent musician. We all miss his laughter, teasing, and love.
Jerilee was born March 20, 1934 in Amarillo, Texas. She lived there all her life until her marriage to Dickie. Jerilee had a beautiful voice and ministered through song and as a pianist/organist in Dickie’s church.
Together they raised a family of four children which survive them: Michael David, Jeri Mardell Blount, Martha Elizabeth Aberly and Timothy Mark. They are survived by fourteen grandchildren.
Also, Dickie is survived by his mother and two sisters, and Jerilee by her father and one sister.
“Those we love are with the Lord, and the Lord has promised to be with us. If they are with Him and He is with us, they cannot be far away,” so wrote Peter Marshall. These are the feelings of us who survive Dickie and Jerilee.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1992, p. 225 By Margurite Reeves Carter|