Jeffrey Thomas Reaves Jr., 64, of Benton passed away Saturday, Aug. 18. He was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Memphis, Tenn.
Jeffrey served his country valiantly through two tour of duty in Vietnam, first as a medic with the Ninth Infantry Mobile Riverine Forces, for which he received a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and V Device, as well as the Army Aviator Badge. He returned for a second tour as a warrant officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps specializing as a medical evacuation plot. After being honorably discharged, he pursued careers in both private aviation and later in mortuary services, the latter for which he graduated with salutatorian honors from Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Barbara Ann McKay; and his father, Jeffrey Reaves Sr.
He is survived by his mother, Mable Reaves; a son, Jeffrey Reaves III; two daughters, Christine Reaves and Andrea Reaves-Burns; a son-in-law, Robbie Burns; and two brothers, Donald Reaves and James Reaves.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Forest Hills Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the funeral home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Family comments: A rolling stone at heart, happiest when on the move. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.