Rev. Andrew Lee Reaves, affectionately known as “Bro”, was born in Mullins, SC August 1938 to the late Odell and Ellen J. Reaves. Bro’s firm belief in God and the support of his family upheld him during his final rest and departure on June 10, 2018 in Manassas, VA. He was one of seven children. His parents and brothers, Timothy Reaves and Charles Timmons, preceded him in death.
Bro and his beautiful bride, Gladys, of fifty-nine (59) years, were blessed with a large and loving family consisting of six children. They taught them about the love and faithfulness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was through prayer their children began to believe and trust in God. A legacy of prayer was left as their children watched them on their knees praying together every morning and every night. Even on Bro’s death bed, his last words were; “Are y’all praying”?
Bro accepted Christ at an early age and joined Nazarene Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a deacon. Known as a gifted musician, he played the piano for Nazarene Choir(s) and the guitar for The Week Sisters. In addition, Bro sang and played for The Fabulous Golden Tones with whom he composed several songs including “Take Care of Me Lord.”
Bro attended and graduated from Palmetto High School in Mullins, SC. He furthered his education by attending Florence-Darlington Technical College, Shaw University, and Morris College School of Religion. He pastored at Sand Hill Baptist Church in Bladenboro, NC for over 14 years afterward he pastored at Effingham Baptist Church in Mullins until 2018. As a servant, he faithfully and freely gave to his community by providing lawn service to the disabled and barbering at the nursing home and hospitals in the surrounding area - he also made home visits.
Interesting and fun facts about Bro Reaves
Not only was he a fisher of men, he was also a fisher of bass, trout, and catfish. Anyone who knew him knew he loved his fishing boat. Yep, the fishing boat and pond will definitely miss him and so will his son and grandsons who passionately shared his hobby.
The joy of Andrew’s world was his family. He often referred to his loving wife as “Glad’o”; all of his baby girls as “Sugar Boogs”; and his son as “fishing buddy”.
He was compassionate and gracious; though a little stingy on mercy when it came to playing the game of checkers – even with his sugar boogs. He would not only win every game, but bask in his winnings as the “Checker Champ” and then he’d ask the dreaded question…”Do you want to play another game”?
He is survived by his beloved wife; Gladys, children; Joann (Marion) Smith of Bennettsville, SC, Wandea (Clayton) Gause of Mullins, SC, Anderson (Barbara) Reaves of Columbia, SC, Sheila (Wilbert) Jones of Manassas, VA, Angela (Darren) Gerald of Frederick, MD, Jerrott (David) Dorsey of Frederick, MD; seventeen (17) grandchildren; seven (7) great grandchildren; Four (4) sisters; Betty Hickson of Reading, PA, Shirley Raeford-Davis of Mullins, SC, Geraldine Hudson of New York, NY, and Dorothy Hayes of Mullins, SC, and many nieces and nephews.