Military veteran

Herschel Audrey Reaves, 92, of Cabool, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 21, 1921, near Bado, son of the late Jesse and Lula Brown Reaves. He and Billie Bernice Kirkman were married June 2, 1950.

He grew up on the family farm near Bado and attended Gravel Point School and Cabool High School, where he graduated in 1939. He served during World War II as a Navy bombardier.

He was a born again believer in Jesus Christ our Savior and attended the Cabool Christian Church, where he served many years as a deacon. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Grand Lodge.

He had a Surge Dealership that he worked for several years. He worked at Fort Leonard Wood as a refrigeration engineer from 1965 until his retirement in 1985.

He loved spending time with his granddaughters, hunting, fishing, gardening and playing golf until his health slowed him down.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings, Dillard Reaves, Ernest Reaves, Clarence Reaves, Nova Reaves, Darrel Reaves, Bertha Reaves Smyers, Esther Reaves and Wayne Reaves.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Kirkman Reaves of the home; a son, James Donald; two granddaughters; a sister, Helen Reaves Laffoon; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were Monday, Sept. 9, at Cabool Christian Church. Burial with full military honors was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Herschel Reaves Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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