Nell Jane Reeves

nell jane reeves

August 18, 1929 ~ April 15, 2023

Born in: Fort Worth, Texas
Resided in: Dallas, Texas

Nell Jane Sosebee Reeves, 93, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2023, in Dallas. She was the only child of William Harvey Sosebee and Gladys Dennis, born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 18, 1929.

She is survived by her four children: Jane Morgan and husband Tim of Dallas; George B. Reeves and wife Vanessa of Dallas; Bill Reeves of Dallas; Marisa Turner and husband Kyle of Rockwall; her seven grandchildren: Emily Morgan Peters and her husband Andrew, David Morgan and his wife Erin, Lane Reeves, Morgan Reeves, Claire Turner Galloway and her husband Zach, Jane Turner, Cade Turner, and eight great grandchildren: Carson, Elizabeth Jane, Hank, Parker, Claire, Liam, Ellie Jane, and Norah Jane.

Nell Jane is predeceased by her parents and two husbands. She married 1st Lt. John Olin Bates, Jr. (J.O.) on February 2, 1952, in Fort Benning, Georgia. Their marriage lasted only a few months as J.O. was killed in action in Korea on June 12, 1952. They had one daughter, Jane. Nell Jane married George Wesley Reeves on June 12, 1954, in Fort Worth. They moved to Arlington, Texas in 1957 and lived there for many years. Nell Jane and George were married 46 years and had three children, George, Bill, and Marisa.

Nell Jane had a happy childhood and excelled at playing the piano and dancing, which she participated in throughout high school. She was a graduate of R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth in 1946. Nell Jane started her college education at TCU but changed to an all-girls school, Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, from which she graduated in 1950 with a degree in Drama. She was affectionately called “Tex” by her college friends and was a “Sweetheart” for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Virginia. After college, she taught school in Maryland, then moved to New York City to pursue a modeling career which included being featured in Seventeen Magazine. While there, she lived at the Barbizon Hotel. Nell Jane went back to TCU and earned her Texas Teacher’s Certificate and another bachelor’s degree in August 1954 while her husband George was attending Baylor Dental College.

Nell Jane was a devoted, supportive wife and a mother who loved her family unconditionally. She was a homemaker, active in the PTA, the Fort Worth District Dental Society Auxiliary, and worked as Business Manager in George’s dental practice. She was an avid bridge player. Nell Jane was a charter member of the Arlington Women’s Club, and a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Arlington where she taught Sunday School.

Nell Jane enjoyed attending plays, concerts, and movies; however, traveling was one of her favorite pastimes. She traveled in the U.S. and all over the world. Her husband accompanied her on several trips as did some of her friends. Traveling with her children and grandchildren was especially fun for her. When she was no longer able to travel, she enjoyed reminiscing about her life experiences including the transatlantic trips she took on the ocean liners SS America, the RMS Queen Mary, and the QE 2.

To all that knew her, Nell Jane was a beautiful person inside and out – vibrant, lively, and fun with a beautiful smile, a distinctive laugh, and memorable southern voice. She loved people and never met a stranger. She was a wonderful, caring person and a good friend to many people. Her family brought her the greatest joy and it was time spent with them that she valued the most. She will be deeply missed by all who know her well.

The family would like to thank the staff at Caruth Haven Court, the Bristol Hospice Team, and all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers for their loving care of Nell Jane during the past few months. Also, we would like to give a special thanks to Elizabeth Ugbeche who lovingly cared for her while she was living at home.

Pallbearers will include David Morgan, Tim Morgan, Cade Turner, Kyle Turner, Tim Reeves, and Lawrence Mendive.

Private interment for family following services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, 9600 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75231. For donations online, please go to or the charity of your choice.


Funeral Service: April 28, 2023 1:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Reception: April 28, 2023 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Belle Hall
4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 274-9233

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  1. CandleImageNell Jane was a sweet and caring neighbor to my husband and I for 17 years. We enjoyed our chats and visits over the years. She was an interesting person who is already missed. Rest In Peace my friend 🙏

  2. I only knew Mrs Reeves for a short time, She was a caring and so nice to me and So many others. I will miss her smile and her saying Good Morning every morning. My condolences to her children. Jane, Billy, George, Marissa. May The Peace Of God walk with You.🙏🏽

  3. CandleImageI am sorry to have heard about Nell Jane’s transition. I send my condolences and cheers to her wonderful memory and reputation of love and laughter to her family and many friends.

  4. I send my condolences to Nell Jane’s family and friends. May our Lord wrap his loving arms around Nell Jane and give a peaceful heart to all who loved her.
    May she rest in peace ,
    We will see her Again❤️🙏

  5. She exemplified grace and beauty with a beautiful smile and a kind word always. Sending love and prayers to all who loved her, especially Bill, George, Marissa, and Jane.

  6. I meant Nell Jane when I was about 19 years old
    Because of my dear friend, Marisa. I got to know her more through family gatherings, baby showers, etc. through the years.
    She was always a beautiful, kind, caring, and thoughtful person who was funny and had the best voice and laugh. Hearing Marisa talk like her mom and mimic her was always a fun time. I believe Nail Jane enjoyed it and always giggled.
    I had the pleasure of getting to stop by to see her a couple of months ago. I had not seen her in years, but was so glad she remembered me. We laughed and talked about old times and then I asked if I could pray for her, she said yes, and we held hands. She bowed her head as I asked the Holy Spirit to give me the words to bring her comfort and peace. As I finish the prayer, I looked up in her head was still down, so I asked her if she wanted me to keep going, and she said yes. How precious was this? I feel very honored that I got this beautiful moment with her. We will always remember you, and cherish the laughs that we’ve had together.
    Love you Erika 🥰

  7. As I read your mom’s obituary, I see where you got your positive attributes, Bill. Such grace, and a life of love and purpose. I’m keeping you, your family, and all who loved your precious mother in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

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