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Emma Lucinia Reviere (Sister Matchett) was born February 6, 1945 in Valdosta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lucille Belcher Matchett and the late Stafford Lee Matchett Sr. of Valdosta, Georgia. Emma departed this life on September 15, 2017.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was devoted to spreading the good news of Jesus to all she encountered. Emma was educated at the Mt. Zion Church School and attended Westside High School and Fort Valley State University. During her high school years she was a talented athlete who excelled in basketball and track & field. She high stepped her way into the hearts of the Westside High School as the first female drum major in the schools history. In her later years she became an avid sports fan.

In 1967, she met and married the love of her life and husband of 50 years, Senior Master Sergeant Tommy Reviere Jr., US Air Force Retired. Together, they travelled the world for over 25 years only to later settle back in her hometown of Valdosta, Georgia. She was an active member of her church, local community, and was also an active civic leader. She served as President of the Mt. Zion A.M.E Church Womens Missionary Society and was a Member of the Board of Stewards. As Member of the Board of Trustees Emma was instrumental in the renovation and expansion of the Mt. Zion A.M. E. Church. She was Chairperson for the Preservation of Mt. Zion A.M.E Church Committee, Member of the South Georgia Conference Voter Registration Committee, Member of the South Georgia Laymens Society. She also previously served as the Mt. Zion Church Recording and Financial Secretary and Church Historian. Emma served along with Tommy as the Assistant Manager for the Lowndes County Mt. Zion Voting Precinct.

She began her career as a Para Professional at her alma mater Westside High School. During the years spent traveling with her husband, she was employed by the Army Air Force Exchange Service. Upon retiring from this position, Emmas passion for education was rekindled and she returned to her roots as a Para Professional at Lowndes Middle School. In this capacity she was best known for her contributions towards promoting Black History education. She retired in 2012 and continued her missionary work by attending to the sick and shut in in the community.

She was preceded in death by her six (6) brothers Stafford L. Matchett, Curtis L. Matchett, Benjamin L. Matchett, Calvin L. Matchett, Bobby G. Matchett, and Alfred L. Matchett.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories one devoted Sister; Linda J. Matchett; five (5) Sister-In-Laws Eloise Evans, Sarah Wilder, Viola Reviere, Helen Matchett, and Chalaine Matchett; one Aunt, Evangelist Earnestine Berry; four (4) beautiful daughters, Wanda L. Matchett Reviere of Valdosta, Georgia; Tracy R. Copeland, Stacy L. Reviere, and Yolanda R. Johnson of Lithonia, Georgia; 2 devoted nieces, Anita V. Richey, Cameka L. Matchett. Seven Grandchildren who were the absolute joy of her life, Malikus T. Earls, Aaliyah B. Copeland, Freddie L. Sirmans, Azariah D. Copeland, Tommy E. Sirmans, Khadijah M. Johnson, and Reign K. Bass. One Great Granddaughter, Maliah L. Earls. and a host of other relatives and friends.

Family will receive friends on Friday from 4-7 P.M. at the Mt. Zion AME Church. Home Going Service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 P.M. at the New Life Ministries. Pastor J. Bernard Braswell II, Pastor, however, Reverend Renee Theophille will officiate. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion AME Church Cemetery. Final rites were entrusted to Harrington Funeral Home Inc.
Published on September 21, 2017
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