The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


May 22, 2014

Pastor John Eddie Reeves Jr.

Pastor John Eddie Reeves Jr. was born on July 5, 1958, in Palestine, Texas, to John Eddie Sr. and Mattye Lee (Porter) Reeves. He was the fifth of nine children. He was raised in Tucker, Texas and graduated from Westwood High School in 1976 and Henderson County Community College in Athens in 1977. He received his Maintenance Operations License in 1981, Welder’s Qualification in all positions from the railroad in 1995 and Single Car Certificate in 1996. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined Porter Springs Church of God in Christ, and later Saint Hill COGIC, Fairfield No. 1 COGIC. He then served as assistant pastor for two years at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He later became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church for six years. He was a member of Ministerial Alliance, Union member of the railroad, Mopac Federal Credit Union and Anderson County Credit Union. John married Wanda Gaston on July 3, 1982, this union was blessed with three children, Eboni Gaston, Kristi Reeves and John Reeves III. Later he married Keysha Snowden on Aug. 11, 1995. They were blessed with four children, Verina Fontenot, Kimbrea Moore, Korderro McCowan and Kendric Reeves. He worked as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was a gifted carpenter, mechanic, welder and brick mason. He also worked for Bacon Cars and Union Pacific Railroad for 33 years. On May 17, 2014 in Palestine, Texas, Pastor John Eddie Reeves Jr., left this earth to go be with his heavenly Father. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mattye Lee and John Reeves Sr.; sister, Joshlyn Reeves; grandparents, Arthalia Sr. and Dora Erwin Porter, Callie and Eddie Reeves; and brother-in-law, Andrew Gaston. He leaves to cherish his wife of 19 years, Keysha Renee Reeves of Palestine; three sons, John Reeves III of Fort Worth, Korderro McCowan and Kendric Reeves, both of Palestine; four daughters, Eboni Gaston and Kristi Reeves, both of Palestine, Verina (Bryan) Fontenot of Fort Worth and Kimbrea Moore of Killeen; three brothers, Gary (Yolanda) Reeves, Richard (Bettye) Reeves and Delbert (Amanda) Reeves, all of Palestine; four sisters, Sherrial (John) Murray of Houston, Jewell Zenn, Evelyn (Jerome) Dunford, and Sonya (Karl) Brown, all of Palestine; mother-in-law, Doris Johnson of Tyler; 11 grandchildren, Trey’von, Sydney, Kayla, Farrah, Skylar, Jamya, Keirnan, Karday, Wesley, Keyden, Jaylyn; three aunts, Inell Hood and Patricia Jones, both of Tyler, Ruth Gracion of Houston; two uncles, Leston Reeves of Denver, Colorado, Arthalia Porter Jr. of Tyler; special sisters, Jo C. Murry and Barbra Bryant of Galveston; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Robert), Robbie, Debra, Alice, Alene (Robert), Cheryl (Greg), Saundra, Valerie (Jerome), Meoshi; brothers-in-law, Wayne, Curtis (Tammy), Dean and Lemont; and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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