Ray Clark Reaves, 97, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at Appalachian Christian Village following complications due to a stroke.
Mr. Reaves was a native of Greene County, but had lived most of his life in Johnson City.
He was a son of the late R.F (Ferd) Reaves and Flora Marcum Reaves.
Mr. Reaves was a Veteran of the United States Navy and was in the radar division during World War II.
A long time associate with Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee, he retired as a district manager.
Mr. Reaves was a charter member of the Johnson City Rescue Squad, where he served for many years.
He was a long time member of the Johnson City Civitan Club, where he held various offices and had been named Civitan of the Year.
Mr. Reaves also served on the hospital accreditation board of East Tennessee.
One of his social avenues that he enjoyed was he and his late wife were 50 plus year members of the “Friday Night Fish Gang.”
Mr. Reaves was very interested in the youth of the area and had served on the board of directors of the Johnson City Babe Ruth League.
He was a long time member of Central Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, served on the Deacon board, served as an usher for 67 years, and had served as chairman of the usher committee for several years. Mr. Reaves was also a member of the William Rigell Sunday School Class and was Sunday School Secretary for several years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Hazel Bowman Reaves, in 1999; four brothers, Ernest, Clyde, Clifford, and Carl Reaves; and one sister, Helen McClain.
Mr. Reaves is survived by his son, Larry C. Reaves and wife, Tonja, Johnson City; his grandson, Allan T. Reaves, and wife, Suzanne, Johnson City; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Tatum, and Cooper Ray Reaves, all of Johnson City; one brother, Elmer Reaves, Knoxville; three step grandchildren, Jenna Beamer and husband, Drew, Tiffany Ricks and Katilyn Ricks, all of Johnson City; one great grandson, Lucus Beamer, Johnson City; and his special nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Mr. Reaves will be conducted at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, July 21, 2011, from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Dr. Ronald F. Murray and Bob L. Cox officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers will be Drew Beamer, Bob L. Cox, Adam Crouch, Joe Farrell, Dan Mahoney, Henry and Randal Reaves and Tom Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearers will be his extended family of the Friday Night Fish Gang, Johnson City Civitan Club, William Rigell Sunday School Class, ushers and deacons of Central Baptist Church, Gladys Salters, Rhonda Whitehead, Dustin Williams, Congressman Dr. Phil Roe, Dr. Angela May, Glenna Presley, Tena Bates and the special employees of Appalachian Christian Village, which he loved, and the staff of Appalachian Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:30 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of Appalachian Funeral Home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Appalachian Christian Village, attention of Diana Campbell, 2012 Sherwood Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601.
Memories and Condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Reaves Family. (423) 928-6111