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Reva Lavere (nee Hardiman) Bailey Derrickson Walls passed this life on Aug. 8, 2017, surrounded by family.
She was born to Louis Hardiman and Lydia Lyles Hardiman Ector in Princeton, Ind., on Aug. 19, 1921. Her parents; one brother, Milton Hardiman; one son, James Hardiman; and her husbands Robert Derrickson and Oscar Walls preceded her in death.
She spent her early years in Lyles Station, Ind. She moved to Danville, Ill., with her family at a young age, attended Danville schools and gave birth to five wonderful children.
She worked as a domestic worker and also was employed by Model Star dry cleaners for many years.
In 1970, she caught the eye of a young man from Mississippi who worked for the railroad. This young man found employment in Danville and after a brief courtship, she married Oscar B. Walls (affectionately known as Uncle Bennie) on Aug. 16, 1971, and they moved to St. Louis, Mo., shortly thereafter. They were married until his death on April 27, 2016.
She was what is described in the Bible at Proverbs 31: 10-28 as a "Capable Wife," one handling a number of weighty responsibilities that had a direct bearing on her family and its finances. She was industrious and faithful, receiving praise from many, thereby honoring her husband and her family. She was a kind, warm-hearted and caring person who showed an interest in the welfare of others in her neighborhood and community. She had a great sense of humor and always had a listening ear to all that needed a sympathetic listener.
She was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, liked watching classic movies, reading the Bible and enjoyed spending quality time with her family and friends.
In 1972, after a serious study of what the Bible really teaches, she qualified to become an ordained minister and dedicated her life to serving Jehovah. She continued her spiritual education by participating in a weekly program for the training of Public Speakers and Bible teachers. She regularly participated in sharing her faith with all who would listen. She was affectionately referred to as Anna (faithful, dedicated woman of the Bible) who was never missing from the meetings. Even when her health prevented her from physically attending meetings, she faithfully listened on the phone to the congregation meetings of the St. Louis (Midtown-Fairgrounds) Congregation and the Danville Congregation.
Due to failing health, she moved back to Danville in 2011, and remained close to her friends in St. Louis.
Reva leaves to celebrate her life her children, Constance Derrickson, Calvin (Ernestine) Bailey, Karen (Barry) Johnson and Christopher Derrickson; grandchildren, Rani Canada, Anna Collins, Paula (Archel) Young, LeCedric Bailey, Daphne Foster, Noreen Hardiman, Candice Hardiman; great-grandchildren, Trenae Forrest, Cedric Bailey, Kyle Bailey, Alexus Hardiman, Gavin Hardiman, Kaden Young, James Foster, Tyree Hardiman and Andreya Hardiman; great-great-grandchildren, Cyniya Ann-Marie Exum and Kylee Elizebeth Bailey; and a sister, Marie Holmes, Loves Park, Ill.
Acknowledgements: The family of Reva Walls would like to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation for all the kind expressions of comfort during our time of bereavement. A special thank you to her niece, Ann McKenzie-Porter and friend Lee Harris for all the love, time and care shown to Reva through the years.
A Memorial Service will commence at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St. Officiating: Lee Harris.
Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 14, 2017
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