On Jan. 18, 2020, the Sloan-Smith family joyfully celebrated the 100th birthday of Rever Sloan. Members of the immediate and extended family, with many, many friends on hand, celebrated with a lively and engaged Rever at her long-time home in San Pablo.
Born on Jan. 17, 1920, Rever was one of 14 children of Mack and Claudia Smith. The family lived on a farm near Leola, Ark., a village of about 400 people. In 1939, Rever married Jesse “Bud” Sloan. The marriage of Bud and Rever produced seven children: Jake, Evern, Stella, Ruth, Fred, Ethel and Catherine.
In 1948, the family moved to California, settling in North Richmond, where Ethel and Catherine were born. Over the years since then, Rever has sadly lived through the death of her parents, brothers and sisters, her husband and two children, Evern and Catherine.
Since being baptized as a child, Rever has always been an activist member of the AME Church, and is a long-standing member of St. Paul AME church in Berkeley, where she served for many years as an usher secretary/treasurer and, most recently as deaconess.
Rever now proudly spends her days as the activist matriarch of the Sloan and Smith branches of a very large extended family, with members living in many parts of the United States. Affectionally known as Mama Rever, she has 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Many of them regularly seek her advice and counsel on family history and issues of the day. She also continues to enjoy baking and gardening.