Obituary of Reginald Charles Reeves
Reginald Charles Reeves was born to the parentage of Billy Reeves & Ethelyn Reeves (nee Isaac) on Friday, May 21, 1954 in Dallas, Texas.
He was the second of three children.
Reginald grew up in a loving home with his sisters Regina and Cheryl. He was affectionately called "Reggie" by family and friends. Brilliant, charismatic, confident, courageous, entertaining, passionate and persistent are some of the words used by others when describing Reggie.
Reginald received his formal education in the Dallas Independent School District, attending Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School, Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School and Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. His favorite subjects were reading, mathematics and science.
While attending Roosevelt, Reggie's passion for science led him to start a Science Club with three of his friends. He was a member of the school band and the Student Council. Reggie was one of theTop Two science students at Roosevelt High School and voted Most Studious by his graduating class. Reginald was 4th in Roosevelt High School graduating Class of 1972.
Reginald married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Maxine Derricks on September 15, 1973 and they had two children, Sabrina Lynn and Saratta Joyce.
As a child Reggie attended the Church of the Living God under the leadership of Bishop C.C. Berry, Jr. In 1970, at age 15, Reginald, became a member of the Free Church of God in Christ in Jesus' Name under the leadership of Bishop Earl Evans, Jr. He was baptized in Jesus' Name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.
On September 16, 1973, Senior Bishop and Founder Bishop Earl Evans appointed him Assistant Pastor of the Headquarters Church in Dallas, Texas. He was later ordained an Elder at age 19. In addition to serving as the Assistant Pastor, Elder Reeves played the saxophone and baptized new members. He was also Sabbath School Superintendent and Asssistant State Overseer of the State of Texas.
Elder Reeves researched, wrote and compiled "A Collection of Scripturally Based Documents of "What The Founder Taught" "According to the Word of God as recorded in the Holy Scriptures by holy men of God". This compilation emphasized the Free Church's doctrine of Baptism in Jesus' Name and Seventh Day Sabbath.
Reggie was hardworking. In his preteens he had a newspaper route and as a teenager he worked at local restaurants and grocery stores. After graduating, Reginald began working at The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. His first position was in the Cash Department, where he was responsible for destroying currency that is to be taken out of circulation.
Reginald was eventually promoted to the Audit Department. For a time, Reginald was the only Black American working in the Audit Department. While working in the Audit Department his responsibilities included time distribution and computer programming.
After leaving the Federal Reserve Bank, Reginald decided to focus on his photography business full time. In his later years, he was employed by Exela Technologies, where he worked until his health failed him.
In 1981, Reginald founded Reggie's Exclusive Photography. Reggie's Exclusive Photography specialized in weddings, but also photographed church events, school portraits for Dallas Independent School District and local community events. Reggie photographed over 1,000 weddings including those of local celebrities and NFL players.; and photographed events where Dallas County Commisioner John Wiley Price; founder of Operation PUSH, Minister Jesse Jackson ; and former President of the African National Congress Women's League, Winnie Mandela were in attendance.
Elder Reeves was preceded in death by his father, Billy T. Reeves; mother, Ethelyn Isaac Reeves ; and eldest sister, Regina Reeves.
He leaves to cherish his memories: loving and devoted wife of almost 49 years, Sarah Derricks Reeves; daughters, Sabrina Reeves Partee and SaRatta Reeves-Murphy; son in law, Yusef Murphy; granddaughter, Storm Asenath Reeves- Partee; sister, Cheryl Reeves; uncle, Coydell E. Isaac (Grace); aunt, Mildred Isaac King; special cousins, Garry Jacobs, Deborah Isaac Hopes, Wanda Toliver- Dawkins, Harold Toliver and Sondra Toliver-Cannon ; sister in law, Amos Derricks Roney, family, friends and those who knew him well.
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