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William Henry Reaves

December 4, 2023

William Reaves Obituary

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15: 58

 

William Henry Reaves was born on March 6, 1938, in Fork, SC to the late Henry and Ella Rebecca Smith Reaves. He slipped into eternal peace and rest on December 4, 2023. Jack, as he was affectionately known, was the first son of eleven children. He joined Shiloh United Methodist Church in Fork SC, at a very young age. Jack was educated in the Dillon County Public School System and graduated in 1956 from Columbus High School (presently Lake View High School).

 

Willam moved to Atlantic City after he graduated to begin his career. He was employed by the State of New Jersey where he worked as a barber thereby making Trenton, New Jersey his home. While working as a barber for the state of New Jersey, Jack opened his own barber shop known as Clinton ’s Barber Shop. Upon his retirement from the state, he worked full -time at the shop. Jack always enjoyed helping people whether it was a free haircut, dinner, or money. William was a member of Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in Trenton, NJ. William ’s greatest compassion was working as a Trustee for his church. All they had to do was say Brother Reaves and they knew without a doubt it was going to get done. One of Brother Reaves’ proudest moments is when they honored him for Black Excellence in February 2022. Also, in February of 2022 he moved to Danville, VA to live with his daughter and her family. One of the things that Jack enjoyed while living with his daughter was spending time playing with his great grandson, EJ, who was in the home with him. William enjoyed attending Silver Creek Baptist Church in Danville, VA. He also enjoyed traveling with his daughter and grandsons.

 

William was preceded in death by three sisters: Esther Parker, Gloria Jean Reaves -Brown, and Mae Lesta Reaves -Bethea; and three brothers: Maceo Reaves, Carlton Reaves, and Larry Reaves.

 

He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Betty Reaves. His Children: Willa (Wayne) Watson of Silver Springs, MD; Carlton Reaves of Newark, NJ; Curlean (Danny) Sellers of Danville, VA; Tina Reaves - Addo of Albany, NY; Vance Reaves of Florence SC; Timothy Snell of Trenton, NJ; Charles Manning of Trenton, NJ. Daddy started off as a stepfather to many but ended up being a father: Johnny (Betty) Pernell of Zion, SC and Frankie (Angus) Braddy of Latta, SC. His Sisters: Frances Pringle of Effingham, SC; Loretta Goodman of Fork, SC; Gail (Nathaniel) Wilson of Columbia, SC, and Roberta (Vernon) White of St. Stephen, SC. Sisters -in -Law: Jacqueline Manning of Bronxville, NY; Joeann Wright of McLeansville, NC, Elaine Mitchell of Middletown, NY and Sandra of NY. His Brothers: Milton (Sandra) Reaves of Hampton, VA, Timothy (Gina) Reaves of Chesapeake, VA; five Brothers -in -Law: Roy Bethea of Hampton, VA, Edward (Innette) Davis of Zion, SC, Doug (Runita) Davis of Alpharetta GA, William Mason of Zion, SC and Jimmy James of Bronxville, NY; His Aunt: Lillie Irene Brown of Lake View, SC; Cousins: Bobby Boykins of Fork, SC, Margie Brown of Albany, NY, and Vivian Smith of Baltimore, MD, and a host of grandchildren, great -grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.

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Services

Viewing
Saturday
December 9, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eloise Troy Chapel
247 NE Front Street
Mullins, SC 29574

Funeral Service
Sunday
December 10, 2023

1:00 PM
Eloise Troy Chapel
247 NE Front Street
Mullins, SC 29574

Interment

Shiloh UMC Cemetery
1946 Ira Road
Fork, SC 29543

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