Historically, Rachel Janie was the firstborn child to be christened in the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in 1950, by Father Johnnie Jarrett, Priest-in-Charge. Oh, what a joyful day for Daddy Garth Reeves and Mother Janie Reeves to begin their "bragging" rights toward their precious baby girl, Rachel Janie!
Rachel was an outstanding student in school, enjoying the extracurricular activities and meeting new friends throughout the years.
She attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School for a few years and subsequently transferred to Miami Central Senior High School, where she continued her involvement, and later graduating in 1968 and preparing to make her move toward college life away from home. Oh, what a happy occasion for Daddy Garth, who was delighted that Rachel was eager to attend Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.
It was at Bennett College where Rachel joined the Civil Rights movement in an effort for African Americans to better their lives toward justice and equality. However, Daddy Garth's purpose for Rachel was to get an education, remain focused, and come home to a safe environment. Needless to say, the Civil Rights activist came home to join the workforce at The Miami Times.
At The Miami Times, Rachel was taught the basic business skills of management and operating the newspaper business by Eunice Davis, secretary for Garth Reeves Sr. With everything she has learned from Eunice and her father unconsciously grooming her for greatness, Rachel served in several capacities including circulation, bookkeeping, and business managemnet. She had been employed with The Miami Times for over 44 years. When Garth C. Reeves Sr. retired in 1994, she became the first Black female publisher of The Miami Times.
As time passed, Rachel gave birth to a baby boy named Garth Basil Reeves on April 10, 1989. Garth Basil now serves as the Vice President of Business Development at The Miami Times. Heading Florida's largest and oldest Black newspaper did not pose a problem for her. The only job she had in her life was with The Miami Times, starting as a clerk at age 15. Her busy schedule did not prevent her from taking an active role in civic affairs. She served on several boards including United Way, Dade Community Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, International Women's Forum, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Rachel Reeves died Thursday, September 12, 2019; She was 69. Celebrating her life are her son, Garth Basil Reeves and her father Garth Reeves Sr. "Our beloved Rachel Janie Reeves has indeed left her footprint on the sands of times."