Beverley Reid Dorman

December 18, 2019
Beverley Reid Dorman

Dorman, Beverley June Reid, 92, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away 12/18/2019. She was born in Charlotte, NC, and grew up in Norfolk, VA, where she met and married a young sailor, named Jennings Dorman, during WWII.  

In the late 1950s, Beverley and Jennings returned to Williamsburg to raise a family, and open a dental practice on Duke of Gloucester St.  

Beverley was creative and artistic throughout her life. She loved flowers, and was a member of the Williamsburg Garden Club for many years. She attended the VA Tech Horticulture program to become a certified flower judge, traveling to other garden clubs and flower shows throughout Virginia. She also served on the flower committee at the Williamsburg Baptist Church for many years. 

In the 1960s, Beverley learned that the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums only allowed boys to join because one of her daughters wanted to be a drummer.  Beverley collaborated with George P. Carroll, the music director of the boys’ Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums at that time, and co-founded the American Eagle Girls’ Fife and Drum Corps.  The new girls’ corps was open to all middle and high school girls in the Williamsburg area, and existed for many years. Beverley also designed the summer and winter uniforms that the girls wore during parades and performances.  

Beverley obtained her real estate broker’s license, eventually opening and operating her own business for many years, The Beverley Dorman Realty, on Richmond Rd. During those years, and prior to the internet, Beverley became aware of how many women wanted to learn more about investments, insurance, banking, etc. Beverley formed the Women’s Financial Symposium, bringing in outside speakers, to help educate women on financial topics. 

In retirement, Beverley donated much of her time to sewing and hand-embroidering tiny burial garments and blankets as gifts for parents whose “angel babies” were never able to go home from the hospital. 

Beverley’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Bower (Jim, recently deceased) of Manakin Sabot and her daughter Beverley Kincaid (John) of Williamsburg; her sister Gloria Stenzhorn of Va Beach; her two grandsons John Kincaid of Marysville, OH and Matthew Kincaid of Charlottesville; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Dr. Jennings E. Doman; her parents, William Sanford and Olivia Marie (LeBoeuf) Reid; and two older sisters, Shirley Reid and Patricia Bisese.   

The family would especially like to thank Cynthia Smith and Romayne Frament for their loving and compassionate care of Beverley over the past several years. 

The family will receive friends at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA, on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. and interment at Williamsburg Memorial Park. 


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  • December 22, 2019
    Janet R Brown says:
    Dearest Bev, John and Matt, i was so sorry to read of your mom/grandmom's passing, but what a wonderful, long, fulfilling life she led! I wish i had her energy and youthfulness. Regardless of how long one's life has been, it's never long enough for the family she leaves behind. I am so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of each of you and saying prayers of comfort. Love you all..

  • December 28, 2019
    Patrick Dembach says:
    Dear Barb and Bev, having lost mom earlier this year I know that there really are no adequate words of comfort to send you across the many miles. Please know that your mom will always have a special place in my heart as she was such an important part of my childhood. Memories are the bridge between what once was and what is now, and that keeps our loved ones with us forever. I'm thinking of you both and share in your loss. With love and sympathy, Pat.

  • December 31, 2019
    Mary (Betsy) Chadwick says:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Barbara, I remember you well from the American Eagles Girls Fife and Drum. I didn’t realize the amazing part your mother played in what was surely some of the best years of my youth. My heart is with you and your family.