Reva Dorsey


Josephine Reva Dorsey was born Jan. 19, 1919, living to be the oldest African-American citizen in Western North Carolina.

She was born in Badin, N.C., to Henry and Rose Ann Bryson Dorsey.

She was preceded in death by both parents; one son, Herman Dorsey; four sisters and one brother, Annie Cullins, Mary Alice Bennet, Ruby Cullins, Mae Ellen Pickens, Nolvin Dorsey.

Reva leaves to cherish her memory one brother, Ernest Dorsey of Smithfield, N.C.; four nieces, Sharon Lois Cullins of Canton N.C., Sandra Pickens Benning (Pete) of Toledo, Ohio, Jeraldine Pickens Burkes (Ralph) of Toledo, Ohio, Phyllis Pickens of Washington, D.C.; four nephews, Gordon Cullins of Waynesville N.C., Frank Dorsey Pickens (Chine) of Washington D.C., Henry Dorsey Pickens (Terri) of Charleston, W.Va., Thomas Leroy Pickens (Deborah) of Charleston, W.Va.; and a host of other family members.

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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., is serving the family.