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bank and fight the red tape that would Reeves kept that “punch” until the be needed to get the money. end. “It was hard to see her in the hos“I even said, ‘Mrs. Reeves, let me give pital,” Fishman says. “When you saw her you the money,’” he recalls. “She said, not eating, you knew. ‘No, I want my money.’ Jane finally ended “There was a big party planned for up going and getting her money for her.” her 100th birthday. She wasn’t really up Reeves had trouble getting around, to it, but she rose to the occasion. She so she used an office chair to roll looked beautiful, very gracious around her house. She kept her trusty throughout the day,” Fishman says. “That scissors tied to the table near her telewas probably the last time I saw her.” phone for efficiency. Earl recalls: “ W h o w a s A d d i e R e e v e s ? ” Kohler “She had a very strong value system. asks. “Addie Reeves was one of those One time I took her to see Mr. Welcome. people who always changed the people She’d been hit by a car and used a cane, she met.” so she always wanted people to take her Before she died, Reeves insisted that places. Kohler be given her phone book. He “I told her I would pick her up on my recently lent it to the Telfair Museum of lunch hour, take Art, which has her over to the displayed it. nursing home and “It took time she could stay to absorb it,” and I would pick says Hollis her up. So we Koons drove out to the McCullough, nursing home. Curator of Fine She had cooked Arts and for him. He loved Exhibitions at her cooking. the Telfair. “She sat down “I pondered next to him to it a little while. help him eat,” Earl Mrs. Reeves says. “I started to completed it leave, and she slowly and lovAuthors Susan Earl and Tom Kohler said, ‘Where are ingly,” McCullough you going? I have says. “In the end, something for you, too.’ She had this big she created a magical work of art. Once shopping bag with dinner for me. I took your name got in the book, you were in it back to the office. There was enough there. Art in many ways is about comthere for two to three people -- fried munity.” chicken, biscuits, collards.” “When does a phone book become One time, Earl took Reeves some art?” asks Harry DeLorme, Senior flowers for her birthday. They were not Curator of Education at the Telfair. appreciated. “What is it about this book that “She was really angry. She thought I makes it stand out? She was very was wasting money by giving her someimmersed in her community. It was a thing that would just die and that I living, growing project.” should have brought her bananas. She’d Reeves was determined to help her tell you exactly how things should be,” friend Waddie Welcome get out of the Earl says. nursing home. But because she was not “ But she was so giving. If you took very good at battling bureaucracy, her to the bank, she’d bake you some another source was sought. cookies,” Earl says. “She was always Welcome found support and help baking something, in a not very big from a group called The Storytellers. kitchen. And she didn’t measure any“The Storytellers started as a way to thing.” help two young men who had been living Sometimes, Reeves’ gifts came with in nursing homes,” says Earl. “They had strings attached. “One day, she called a group of people who knew them who me and said she had a bag full of bisformed a support system and helped cuits for me,” Kohler remembers. them to leave the nursing homes.” “On the way between her house and Earl, together with the two young mine, I ate all 12 biscuits,” he says. “Mrs. men, Kohler and the late activist Debra Reeves had called my house, and when I Selman, met and talked about ways they got home, my wife asked, ‘Where are the could help others. The Storytellers was biscuits?’ born from that. “When I came by for biscuits again, “We met once a month for four to Mrs. Reeves had them in a brown bag,” five years,” Earl says. “It was a coveredKohler says. “She had sewn the top of dish event. Everyone who came brought the bag shut with a note saying how food. That was very strategic. We many biscuits were in there. wanted people to sit down and have a “We now have ‘Biscuit Bag’ as an meal together, and we also wanted to artifact of Addie Reeves,” he says. “She get help for those people who needed had a one-two punch and she never lost continued on page 8 it.”

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