Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Students
Series 12: STUDENTS
Reba Blevins, Student 1945-1946
Reba Blevins Cornett (1931- 2022)


Weaving class students wearing handwoven skirts, 1946. Pearl Taylor, Ernestine Vitatoe, Bess Taylor, Jolene Lucas, Gladys Carroll, Reba Blevins, Margaret Slusher, Betty Huff. [nace_1_022b.jpg]

TAGS: Reba Blevins, Reba Blevins Cornett, PMSS students, Kingdom Come High School, Berea College, Peabody College, Retired Teachers’ Association 

 REBA BLEVINS Student, 1945-1946

 REBA BLEVINS: At Pine Mountain

Reba Blevins was a student at Pine Mountain Settlement School in 1945-1946 during the School’s boarding school era.

[NOTE: If any further information about Reba as a PMSS student is found in the PMSS Collections, it will be added to this page.]


After her short time at Pine Mountain, Reba attended Kingdom Come High School in Linefork, Letcher County, Kentucky. Later she earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea (Kentucky) College and a master’s degree from Peabody College, a partner with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

She began her teaching career in rural Kentucky teaching elementary school for several years, then was employed by the Port Angeles School System in Washington state until she retired. There, she taught reading to kindergarten through fifth grades and wrote the reading curriculum for the elementary schools in the district. She was active in the Retired Teachers’ Association for Clallam County in Washington and chaired several scholarship committees. Her obituary in the Peninsula Daily News described her as having enjoyed traveling and nature and “was a lifelong learner.”


Reba Blevins was born in Big Laurel, Kentucky, to Lawrence Blevins, a lumberman, and Mary Jane (Boggs) Blevins. Her siblings included three brothers, Rufus, Billy Ray, and Curtis and three sisters, Louellen, Mabel, and Betty. She married Estill (Estell?) Cornett on December 30, 1955, at Pine Mountain.

Reba Blevins Cornett died at age 91 on October 28, 2022, in Port Angeles, Washington. A burial ceremony was held at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.


Title  Reba Blevins
Alt. Title  Reba Blevins Cornet ; Reba Cornett ; Mrs. Estill Cornett ; 
Creator Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Alt. Creator Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;
Subject Keyword Reba Blevins, Reba Blevins Cornett, PMSS students, Kingdom Come High School, Berea College, Peabody College,  Retired Teachers’ Association

Subject LCSH Cornett, Reba Blevins,  — 1931 – 2022.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Date 2022-12-18 aae
Publisher Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Contributor n/a
Type Collections ; text ; image ;
Format Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.
Source Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Students
Language English
Relation Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: BIOGRAPHY- Students.
Coverage Temporal 1931 – 2022
Coverage Spatial Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Linefork, KY ; Leather County, KY ; Nashville, TN ;  Port Angeles, WA ; Clallam County, WA ; Big Laurel, KY ;
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor n/a
Description Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Reba Blevins Cornett ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Reba Blevins Cornett ;
Acquisition n/d
Citation “[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.
Processed By Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;
Last Updated  
Sources “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 December 2022), > image 1 of 1; citing multiple county clerks, county courts, and historical societies, Kentucky. Internet resource.

“Reba Blevins.” Series 09: BIOGRAPHY – Students. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“Reba Cornett Obituary.” Peninsula Daily News, November 28-29, 2022. Accessed 2022 December 16. Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch  ( : accessed 19 December 2022), Kentucky > Perry > Magisterial District 7 > 97-30 Magisterial District 7 Leatherwood. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.

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