Dyer, Reva Goldsmith

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Reva Emmalene Dyer passed away on June 26, 2021 at her home in Blacksburg, VA with her loving children by her side.

Emmalene was born in Big Isaac, West Virginia on September 13, 1933 and grew up in Salem, West Virginia. She graduated from Salem High School in 1951. She attended and graduated from Medical College of Virginia School of Nursing, Richmond, Virginia with a RN degree in 1954. She met Ray Dyer Jr., and was married 50 years.

Emmalene was preceded in death by Ray Dyer Jr., her husband; Lena and Raymond Goldsmith, her parents; Jennings Goldsmith, her brother; Marion Goldsmith, her sister-in-law; Dennis Gloeckner, her brother-in-law; Buster Goldsmith, her nephew. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Goldsmith Gloeckner, her children, Ray Dyer III and daughter-in-law, Vincent Rawlings Dyer; Charlotte Dyer Dooley and son-in-law, Kirk Dooley; Scott Dyer and daughter-in-law, Stacey Holland Dyer; grandchildren, Doug Dyer, Hayley Dyer, Catherine Dyer, Taylor Dyer Dressler and husband, Al Dressler, Connor Dyer, Maggie Dooley, Kellis Dooley. Emmalene is survived by nieces Cheryl Goldsmith and husband, Jack Plotkin; Denise Gloeckner Bryson and husband, Phil Bryson; Emily Gloeckner and son, Jackson Price; Heather Juarez and children Thomas Juarez and Aiden Juarez.

Emmalene and Ray moved to Blacksburg in 1960 and she helped her husband through 35 years in various roles at times, including office manager and nurse of his medical practice. Emmalene also volunteered in the community with various organizations and thru donations helped support various local charities. She was a member of Blacksburg United Methodist Church and Blacksburg Country Club. Emmalene was active in four bridge clubs and was an avid supporter of the Hokies. She loved raising her children and told them, “always be kind to one another and no bickering.” Emmalene’s favorites included family gatherings and visits, annual beach trips, red roses, her weimaraner and dachshund dogs.

In Emmalene’s later years she focused on family, long-time friends, faith and her church, supporting favorite charities, watching all the Hokie football and basketball games, playing bridge and reading several books each week and the daily newspaper.

Emmalene’s family is very thankful for the wonderful care given at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, care given by Carilion Clinic Hospice and Traci’s Caregivers.

There will be a memorial service for Emmalene at Blacksburg United Methodist Church at 11 am on June 29, 2021 with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if donations are offered to Carilion Clinic Hospice – NRV (give.carilionfoundation.org/donate-now – designate New River Valley Hospice) or Blacksburg United Methodist Church (www.blacksburgumc.org). Online condolences may be made by visiting McCoy Funeral Home website, mccoyfuneralhome.com