Please share a tribute about Jean below:


August 8, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Lord, Like my professor\'s wife Dr. Reaves let not my living be in vain.

Submitted by: CHAFES Ministries

June 7, 2014 - 02:24 am

Dr. Reaves,
Some months have passed since your companion took her rest. Pastoring has helped me to know that the pain of losing a loved one is still very tender. Just want to let you know that you are on my heart and in my prayers today.
Keith Goodman,

Submitted by: Keith Goodman

April 22, 2014 - 11:46 am

Dear Dr. Reaves,
I just became aware of the passing of your lovely wife. I would like to express my deepest condolences to you and your family. May our GOD become a renewed strong tower for you in the days, months and years to come. I am praying for you! Your friend always,
Tammy :)

Submitted by: Tammy(Strickland) Bennett

February 15, 2014 - 05:45 am

Dear Ben,

    I know not the depth of your deep sorrow, but Jesus does.
    I know not the length of your painful aloneness, but Jesus does.
    I know not the breadth of your piercing brokenness, but Jesus does.

Therefore, my dear friend of many years, I commend you to Jesus
Who loves you and Jean with undying love.

May the comfort of His presence through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Secure your faith, sustain your hope, deepen your love and quicken your
Desire to see that great day when the clouds roll back, Jesus comes again….
Jean, and all the dead-in-Christ come forth from their resting places,
And we all are reunited for eternity.  What a Hallelujah promise!

Until then, Ben, may your heart go on singing/preaching His praises.
Our prayers are with you.

Your friend from way back,

Walton Whaley

Submitted by: Walton Whaley

January 12, 2014 - 07:52 am

January 12, 2012

Dr. Reaves,

As we reflect upon our relationship with you and your dear wife, Jean, our prayers ascend to our Heavenly Father upon you and your family. It is with deep sorrow and pain we also share with you and the family. We all are looking for that great day when we shall see all of our loved ones in the new earth. May the Lord continue give you strength and His grace during these moments of grief.

Your sincere friends in Christ,

Dennis and Dorothy Keith

Submitted by: Dennis and Dorothy Keith

January 10, 2014 - 07:00 pm

Dr. Reaves,
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Jean. I remember, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, our playing in the band together, going on Sabbath walks together, singing in the choir together, completing high school together, and making plans to go to Oakwood College together. What a difference a day can make! It seems such a short time ago.

Jean was an example of a true Christian young lady. I know you will miss her. God has a way of softening our pain. He will get you and your family through this. I know. He did it for my family and me. We are praying for you and your family.

Submitted by: Eunice Bailey

January 7, 2014 - 05:23 pm

Hi Benny,
I can say emphatically, I know exactly what and how you feel. Having recently lost my wife of 54 years has an awesome effect on my life. But through it all, God is fare and merciful. We hope to see our brides in the first resurrection. We will continue to pray for each other. Love, Peter

Submitted by: Peter McGalliaria,Jr

January 4, 2014 - 02:15 pm

Thanks for the program. It was a beautiful service. We look forward to the coming kingdom.

Submitted by: Beverly Corprew Cheatham

January 3, 2014 - 05:57 pm

We remember and we know and we understand loss

Submitted by: Rosa and Nevilon J. Meadows

January 3, 2014 - 05:52 pm

Life is short - death is sure - sin is the cause - Christ is the cure

Submitted by: Nevilon J. Meadows

January 3, 2014 - 03:11 pm

On behalf of the Reaves family I would like to thank the many contributors for your empathetic sympathy, solace, and support as we mourned the loss and celebrated the life and legacy of Jean Manuel Reaves.
Together we shared the invitation to “come ye disconsolate.”
Together we brought “our wounded hearts.” Together we shared “our anguish” and Together we embrace the blessed assurance
“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal"
And so, grounded on God’s promises and trusting in God’s loving providence we look forward to the joyous reunion in God’s tomorrow.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all that you have done.

Benjamin F. Reaves and Family

Submitted by: Benjamin F. Reaves

January 1, 2014 - 02:28 pm

!John 5:15 AMP

Submitted by: Gellineau

January 1, 2014 - 02:25 pm

IJoun 5:15 Amp.

Submitted by: Gelineau

January 1, 2014 - 02:09 pm

January 1, 2014rnrnI just caled to speak to my friend Benny to let hin know that we, Norma and me, have been praying for him and the family.rnI shared with him the following text that I found comforting, enlightning and powerful;

"And if (since) we {positively} know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know {with settled and absolute knowledge} that we have {granted us as our present possessions} the requests made of Him."

Our request is that God will give you the strength to move through the tears and pain and focus on the goog times the two of you shared for fifty-eight years and the hope and joys He has promised us when when He comes again.
Submitted by: Dr. Standley and Norma Gellineau

Submitted by: Dr. Benjamin Reaves

December 26, 2013 - 02:49 pm

It was1952, at the beginning of the school year at Oakwood College. I had just arrived and was strolling the campus, viewing the buildings essential for education so I started at Cunningham Hall the dormitory for women. In the lobby I saw a former classmate at Pine Forge. We talked for a few moments then I left. Unknown to me sitting on the side of the lobby was another young lady (Jean told me this later on) and she inquired of my classmate “who is he?

Later on I saw a young lady playing a piano selection at chapel. Then on Saturday night I saw her at a social in Moran Hall. I walked over with my smoothest line in place and sat down. Then I looked into her brown eyes and the best I could come up with was, “where do you live”?. Her answer was, “why do you want to know you will never come there”. My inspired response was “you never know”. I reminded her of that many times over 58 yrs”.

Being from New York I was used to independent control of a social relationship. As our relationship developed I realized I not in independent control. My independent control had drowned in those big brown eyes, eyes that drove me to poetry and so I penned the lines….

“Sultans have their jewels,
riches have men of means, But
the one refulgent diamond have I.
My beautiful brown-eyed Jean.”

It wasn't long after marriage, I discovered I had more than a refulgent diamond. What I had was a thoughtful, intuitive, disturbingly perceptive person.

We were living in Terre Haute where I was assisting in a tent effort. Scheduled to preach, I was busy with a lot of little things, when she inquired shouldn't you be studyingyou’re your sermon. Patiently I explained, I had attended the seminary, received an A in homiletics, and every thing was under control. She said, “what!! Then gave me a look that said, “you must be out of your mind”.

Well, it seems God felt the same way, and decided remedial action was needed. So he let me have the service and the sermon all by myself. It was an unmitigated disaster. Yes, I had more than a refulgent diamond.

That was reinforced years later when Elder C E Bradford chair of board invited me to become President of then Oakwood College. We were in the kitchen, when I was consumed by hitting ground running, and was spouting off plans making phone calls, going on and on. Finally, she stopped me stating, “If this presidential thing is going to be like that I want you out now”. As I came back down to earth
she said, “now let's go out for dinner”. For 58 years, I had more, much, much more, than a refulgent diamond.

Submitted by: Benjamin Reaves

December 26, 2013 - 02:02 pm

To Dr. Reaves, my former teacher and mentor, please rest in knowing and feeling that God will continue towards you and your lovely family-- His Favor, Love and Comfort during this challenging--but transitional time. I sincerely believe that Sister Reaves' death (although painful) is MORE GLORIOUS than her faithful, obedient, and humble life. Why? Because she "fought the good fight and kept the faith." She belongs in His Arms. Rest and Peace to each one. We love you.

Submitted by: Byron Napper

December 26, 2013 - 12:21 pm

To the entire family...I am so sorry to hear of your precious and tremendous loss. I will miss her also...remembering her loving kindness, gentleness, sincerity, her honesty and spiritual example. Sending a hug to you Teri...AUA sister and OC roomate. She will always be with you, because she has placed in you her loving character. Love always, Sheila...

Submitted by: Sheila L. Moses-Dawkins-Noel

December 26, 2013 - 08:51 am

A Mother in Israel has laid down her burden! We look forward to learning of Mrs. Reaves' extensive impact on the lives of countless individuals when we are gathered together in the Heavenly Kingdom. Certainly, her influence and ministry along side of Dr. Reaves will result in many stars in her crown of victory, which Jesus will give her on that Day. We pray for Dr. Reaves and the Family as they adjust to life without their dear wife and mother, etc. Chaplain and Mrs. Bob Burns

Submitted by: Chaplain Bob Burns

December 24, 2013 - 10:32 am

The news of Jean's passing has hit us all like a ton of bricks--especially during this Christmas season. However as those who await the resurrection, we know she did not die without hope. And we too have that hope now as an eternal Christmas gift.rnrnRuth and I were reflecting on the numerous times we interacted with Mrs. Reaves. Ruth reflected on how she commented on a pretty dress Ruth was wearing, one "she would wear"! she said. Throughout good and difficult health times I always saw a steady and determined, Christ filled woman, who was helping accomplish the great mission through her husband, family and church. What a faithfilled testimony of kindness, steadfastness and humble kindness she leaves us.rnrnDr. Reaves, family, and friends: we grieve alongside you. We mourn for your loss. We all await Jesus' soon coming. Even so come quickly Lord. rnrnMayor Ken and Ruth Bradley

Submitted by: Ken and Ruth Bradley

December 22, 2013 - 03:49 pm

When  we all get to Heaven; What a Day of Rejoicing that will be.    When we all see Jesus we will sing and shout victory.

Submitted by: Yvonne & Xavier L Butler 111

December 22, 2013 - 12:01 pm

When my family relocated to Huntsville in 1983 we were privileged to live around the corner from the Reeves. Later when I was called to a nursing faculty position at Oakwood University Dr. Reeves was the President who hired me . Since the Home Economics Department where Mrs. Reeves worked and the nursing department were both located in the Science Complex Jean and I would often meet in the parking lot or pass each other along the way to our offices. Later when my husband and I became Pathfinder Directors at Oakwood Church, Pam joined us as a Counselor and we had a wonderful time together with the young people. This family will forever be remembered fondly. You are all in our prayers as we await the soon return of Jesus when the enemy of death will be defeated. Newton & Lydia Andrews

Submitted by: Newton and Lydia Andrews

December 22, 2013 - 10:54 am

Please accept our deepest sympathy. As a faculty member and Oakwood University's first lady, Mrs. Reaves was a quiet presence who seemed to be the sturdy support against which her husband leaned. She was for some time a member of our O.U. Church Chorale and as we were getting our new robes she advised us on the emotional/psychological impact of colors in clothing so that up today we wear the robes bright as she suggested and subdue the colors when we sing for funerals. I am sure this is one of hundreds of examples that could be given of her caring and expertise. May the family be comforted by many happy memories as well as the infallible promise of joyful, eternal reunion.

Submitted by: Earl and Lela Gooding

December 22, 2013 - 10:16 am

Our hearts were saddened to learn of the passing of Jean. Because we know thevLord, we know Jean's passing means she is resting and waiting for the voice of the Lifegiver. We will treasure the warm memories of her warm gentle spirit. Please know our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you and your family.

Submitted by: Charles and Crystal Drake

December 21, 2013 - 11:14 pm

It is with deep sadness that we send our sincere love and support for Dr. Reaves, Terry, Ben and Pam for the passing of your beloved wife and mom. Mrs. Reaves worked closely with our mom, the late Ruth Faye Davis, during the days when Oakwood had a Home Economics Dept/Family Consumer Science Dept. Our families would often eat together and travel to Home Ec Meetings across the country. Mrs. Reaves was a beautiful seamtress and in her quiet and
loving spirit, would motivate her students to do their best. We look forward to the day that along with our mom, we will once again see Mrs. Jean Reaves soon and very soon, when death and sickness will no longer be. On behalf of our dad, Dr. Oliver J. Davis,Sr. and our
entire family, please know you are in our continued prayers as our Heavenly Father carry's you through in the years to come.

Submitted by: Rose E. Davis-Phillips and Family

December 21, 2013 - 11:10 pm

It is with sadness that we write about this wonderful kind, quiet and caring woman. Even though Mrs. Reaves was precise in whatever she had to do for the institution she had a wonderful sense of humor. Dr. Reaves you and your family will be in our prayers. God bless.

Submitted by: ken & Jean Lai Hing

December 21, 2013 - 05:44 pm

Prudence and I feel a personal loss with the passing of Jean Reaves. Not only did we know her as a supporter, mentor, and colleague, we knew her as a faithful and encouraging friend. Prudence worked for Jean as a student employee back in the days when we had the Home Economics Department at Oakwood. I shared numerous conversations with her on regular basis during the days when Dr. Reaves served as President. Jean Reaves was a dedicated christian and committed believer. Her quiet strength, her gentle wisdom, her steady example, and her faithful witness will live on in the lives of those who knew her. We look forward to seeing her again, for we have a Hope, who has shattered the grave! And in His name, she will come forth, in the newness of life! Jean is gone, but she will never be forgotten!

Submitted by: Leslie and Prudence Pollard

December 21, 2013 - 05:41 pm

Prudence and I feel a personal loss with the passing of Jean Reaves. Not only did we know her as a supporter, mentor, and colleague, we knew her as a faithful and encouraging friend. Prudence worked for Jean as a student employee back in the days when we had the Home Economics Department at Oakwood. I shared numerous conversations with her on regular basis during the days when Dr. Reaves served as President. Jean Reaves was a dedicated christian and committed believer. Her quiet strength, her gentle wisdom, her steady example, and her faithful witness will live on in the lives of those who knew her. We look forward to seeing her again, for we have a Hope, who has shattered the grave! And in His name, she will come forth, in the newness of life!

Submitted by: Leslie and Prudence Pollard

December 21, 2013 - 03:44 pm

It was with profound sorrow that Susan and I learned of Jean Reaves passing. Benjamin and Jean Reaves made a powerful and effective ministering team. Their love for God, each other and people was obvious and deeply appreciated. It was a privilege for Susan and me to follow them in a leadership role at Oakwood University. They left a solid foundation to build on and their leadership legacy will remain. In recent years Dr Reaves' care of his wife in her illness was an inspiration to us all. She will be deeply missed. We have rearranged our plans to be at the memorial service in Orlando. May God bless the family with warm memories and with the comforting hope of the resurrection.

Submitted by: Delbert and Susan Baker

December 21, 2013 - 08:54 am

I remember being introduced to Mrs. Reeves in the Science Complex. I was amazed that such a small woman was the secret behind the great man that was my president. She had a stern look that said: "I don't play", but when she spoke, you could feel the love she had for those she encountered.

Submitted by: Brian J. T. Watts

December 20, 2013 - 09:14 pm



December 20, 2013 - 09:05 pm



December 20, 2013 - 07:42 pm

Family, I believe the year was 1976 when I first met Sister Jean Reaves. Yes, it seemed only a short while ago, but in fact it was four decades ago that I met Professor Jean Reaves. Looking into her classroom in Peters Hall and seeing how she was well-prepared and precise in giving directions to her class, I asked if I could be permitted to take her class. I was not a Home Economics major and the class she was teaching was Tailoring, but it did not matter, I wanted to take a class from this professor. She allowed me to enroll and made me her assistant, and I learned tailoring from Mrs. Reaves. She believed in individualized instruction and she guided my learning beyond what she was teaching to the class. Two decades later when I returned in the nineties to serve as an administrator at Oakwood University, again I had the privilege to spend time with my dear Mrs. Reaves as she carried out her duties as professor and First Lady of Oakwood University. I recall the excellence and grace with which she planned events for the spouses of the UNCF Presidents' Institute when they met in Huntsville, Alabama. She had a keen eye for beautiful things and I also remember the afternoon we spent at a local department store looking for the right purse for an upcoming function and she explained to me why one purse was more appealing than the other. I will never forget my professor Jean Reaves, who became my friend. I also recall the time when President Reaves assigned us both to "walk the campus" and bring back recommendations for improvement of the campus. We spent the day carrying out our responsibilities and it was a most pleasant time for me as together we carefully looked around and documented our recommendations. Similar to the shopping trip for the purse, she taught me that even in buildings it is important for color, architectural lines, and furnishings to support the mission of the organization.

Professor and First Lady Jean Reaves never raised her voice at anyone, even when she was upset. She walked with quiet determination and an alert eye. She was kind to all, and above all she represented her Lord in all she did. I am blessed to have known her.

Terry, Ben, and Pam we pray that your memories of your mother will help you to smile through the tears in the days to come. Dr. Benjamin Reaves, we continue to lift you up in prayer as you wait for the resurrection of your beloved Jean. I look forward to that day when our Lord will call my professor to experience life everlasting and I pray that I will be there to see her beautiful smile.

Submitted by: Prudence LaBeach Pollard

December 20, 2013 - 06:41 pm

Dr. Benjamin Reaves and family, my wife and I are sadden to learn of the loss of your lovely wife Jean. In the midst of your tears may you find comfort in knowing that God is closer to now than before.. The Bible says "...He will never leave you nor forsake you." God bless you and your family. - David and Wanda Chandler and family

Submitted by: David A. Chandler, Sr.

December 20, 2013 - 06:12 pm

Doc, Donna and I were saddened to hear the news of your wife's passing. We know that words are woefully inadequate to fill the void of Jean's passing; however we trust that the promise of that blessed family reunion will one day transpose your sorrow into joy. Please know that our love and prayers cover you and your family in this time of profound hurt and hope.

Submitted by: Eddie & Donna Polite

December 20, 2013 - 05:52 pm

To Dr. Reaves & Family,
I just read of the loss of your beloved wife. I cannot imagine the depth of your loss Doc. Twilight years are always more precious when they are shared with the one you love as the two of you return to the solace of where your relationship began; just the two of you. Older yes, but a wiser more mature deep love. I know you will miss her now even more. May your fond memories of graciousness and generosity ever keep you. And may you find the comfort and hope that lies only in Christ. With love and admiration, still your student, Tim

Submitted by: Timothy P. Nixon & Family

December 20, 2013 - 05:15 pm

Sincerest condolences from the Richardson family. We nonetheless thank God for having our lives intersect with and be deeply influenced by your combined ministry and example. Looking forward to God's promise being fulfilled with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God.

Submitted by: Stephen A. L. Richardson

December 20, 2013 - 04:01 pm

Dear Dr Reaves and Family

Our family would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to you as you grieve the loss of Dr Jean .... wife, mom, grandmom... such a great lady, role model and especial love to me..... I shall always remember the look and light in her eyes as she would thank me for playing/singing some song that particularly touched her on any Sabbath at the "old Patmos" .... she will definitely be missed.

In that great gittin' up morning, when we reach that blessed homeland on that better day ... may we find each other along with our respective families and prepare to spend that ceaseless ages with the Lord .... oh what a day .....

Rest in Christ/in peace .....Dr Jean Reaves .... gone too soon !!!
Elaine Willis-McKnight & Family

Submitted by: Elaine Willis-McKnight

December 20, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Jean was such a beautiful person. I feel privileged to have known and worked with her. Dr. Reaves, our love and prayers go up for you and the whole family. Only our blessed Savior can carry you at this time. We mourn your loss. God Bless!

Submitted by: Cliff and Sandra Price

December 20, 2013 - 12:31 pm

We are saddened with the passing of your wife Dr. Reaves. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Submitted by: Brender and Judy Buckley

December 20, 2013 - 11:22 am

Only God can understand the pain of losing your dear wife. May you find peace and comfort in cherished memories and strength in knowing that warm thoughts of support and caring are with you now and in the coming days. Stay close to Jesus. You will meet Jean again.

Submitted by: Drs. John & Jean Blake

December 20, 2013 - 11:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during the lost of your lovely wife and mother. I rejoice with you and share the hope of resurrection of "Our Lord and Saviour.

Submitted by: C.C.Cornish & family

December 20, 2013 - 10:58 am

Mrs. Reaves was my Advisor and my favorite sewing Instructor when I was a student at Oakwood in the mid 80's. I was always struck by how cool she was and at the same time, passionate about Oakwood. I learned a lot from her about class and dignity and am so grateful for the memories I have of her, spunkily teaching us!! Praying that God's arms hold the Reaves family and friends during this time. She will surely be missed.

Submitted by: Lynda Hodges

December 20, 2013 - 10:34 am

It was a pleasure to have Mrs. Reaves as an instructor in my early years at Oakwood. She is certainly one of those women who have made an indelible impression on me. May the arms of God reach around all family and friends who will miss her earthly presence. We indeed look forward to seeing her again.

Submitted by: Gloria (Jones) Brooks

December 20, 2013 - 10:20 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this difficult time. Keep trusting in Him, the only one that will continue to give you peace and comfort. His promises are true and sure.

Submitted by: James & Paula Wilson

December 20, 2013 - 09:33 am

The Lord's coming is the "blessed hope" of all of His people. The reunion with loved ones now sleeping in Jesus is our anticipated joy. God bless you, Dr. Reaves as you and your family receive the comfort that only God can give.

Submitted by: Pastor Buford & Carmen Griffith

December 20, 2013 - 09:24 am

Please accept our sympathy on the passing of your dear wife and mother. May God continue to strengthen you in this your time of need.

Compton & Faye Brathwaite

Submitted by: Sympathy

December 20, 2013 - 09:08 am

Heartfelt condolences to the family. God's promises to us are always sure, so may he continue to hold you in the palm of his hands.

Submitted by: RoseMarie Cazeau

December 20, 2013 - 09:01 am

Dear Dr. Reaves and Family:

Although we all will take the same journey of rest that Sister Reaves is on, it is still a shock of sadness when we lose someone so precious and special as she was. From the time I was a child in Chicago at Independence Blvd. and you were the Pastor, until my fortunate and wonderful opportunity to interact with her again at the Mission Weekends with AHS, I have watched Sister Reaves phenomenally exhibit the meaning of 1Peter 3:4 - "the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." It was even my pleasure to talk with her last year about her roots and cultural background. At that time I realized that even though she was a quiet, gentle and very supportive wife, she was also a wonderful communicator and powerful intellectual. What an awesome couple you two made! And I want to thank you for the way you lived out your relationship as a couple even unto death, and cared for your wife!!! Your 'Marriage Ministry' is a glowing beacon to me and many others in a world where this institution of God is trampled upon. To you, Terri, Ben and Pam I want to share this: Losing someone in death is tough. However, before losing your wife and mother, looking forward to Christ's Second Coming and the resurrection was head knowledge. Now because you are looking forward to seeing her upon His return with such yearning, it is something more: it is 'Heart Longing'. Don't disappoint her. In that great gettin' up morning she will be looking for you all as well. On behalf of Claudia Moses and the rest of the Moses family, we grieve with you, but having been down this road we can assure you that the Holy Spirit will wrap you in His arms and ward off the impact of death, bringing comfort as has been promised in the Word of God. God bless you and take care,

With all Love and Sincerity
Karen Moses Allen

Submitted by: Karen Moses Allen

December 20, 2013 - 08:36 am

We made friends with Dr. Reaves too late in our experience to know Mrs. Reaves well. But we mourn her passing nonetheless, and we know what a great and wonderful woman she was by the tender, kind way that Dr. Reaves always treated her. Move, Jeff and Nicki

Submitted by: Jeff and Nichole Bromme

December 20, 2013 - 07:51 am

Ben and family,

May the God of all comfort make His face shine to shine upon you and encircle you with His loving presence and confident hope. Jean defined grace and your strengths merged together in a beautiful loving relationship that blessed us. May the tide of love from heaven and earth be a balm to you for you are cherished.

Submitted by: La Donna Blom-Antonio

December 20, 2013 - 07:40 am

My family, Hazel, Lavinia, Kean and Othniel, offer words of hope and assurance during your time of separation from your precious wife, mother, and mentor. Reunion and Alumni Home Coming won't be long now. We all as graduates of the University of life on a earth will know Him, and each other more intimately then. As role models of dignity and commitment to one another, you both were observed and quietly admired by us, for you both epitomizes the qualities of Jesus The Christ.

Submitted by: Glenford Baxter

December 20, 2013 - 05:38 am

Ben, my heart is saddened by the loss of your sweet Jean. I pray that this Christmas season you will be able to reflect on the the sweet memories of your many years together. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Submitted by: Carlene Jamerson

December 20, 2013 - 04:39 am

God is faithful and able. We look forward even more now to that day that is fast approaching. She will be missed but we shall see her again. Stay encouraged.

Submitted by: Joshua Nelson

December 20, 2013 - 12:09 am

To my friend and mentor, Dr. Benjamin Reaves, my prayers are with you and family during this difficult time. Dr. Jean Reaves will always be remembered for her spiritual strength, beauty, style, and elegance. Be assured that her rest won't be long. The signs of the times are everywhere, and soon our Lord and Savior will appear. May we all keep the faith and most importantly, be hid with Christ until that glad day. God bless the Reaves Family!

Submitted by: Pastor John E. Parker, I

December 19, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Dear Dr. Reaves I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Reaves, I worked as a student with her helping my classmates in their Clothing Construccion classes, could never forget the skills I learned from her. In her quiet, unassuming way, she taught me many things beside sewing and I cherish the times spent in the clothing lab. In behalf of my husband Selwyn Ash and myself will like to extend our sincere sympathy and leave you and the family with the remembrance that she is just asleep awaiting the call of the Life Giver on Resurrection Morning.

Submitted by: Ivett D. Constable Ash

December 19, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Praise God for a wonderful seeing, tailoring, interior design an a few
More classes in Home Ec. Peace and God's grace to
To the Reeves family.

Submitted by: Fabiola (Johnson) Ghebresillassie

December 19, 2013 - 09:08 pm

I am so sadden to hear of the passing of Mrs. Reaves. She was one of my many instructors at Oakwood College in the 80's. May we all be ready to greet her again in that Great Gettin Up Morning. To the Reaves Family, "She won't sleep long."

Submitted by: P. Denman

December 19, 2013 - 07:42 pm

Dear Doc,
My family and I pray that God will give you all that you need as you pass through the valley of the shadow of death.

Submitted by: Charles Ray Osborne, III.

December 19, 2013 - 06:08 pm

She is not dead but sleepeth; What comfort in the thought; As weary hands and tired feet; Their hard earned rest have wrought.
A mother's loving counsel is hushed in peaceful sleep, while at her side God's angels their loving vigil keep.
Her sleep is not eternal, for Christ hath burst the tomb; the pain and gloom of teardrops distill in heaven's noon.
Just glimpse beyond life's curtain the dawn of better day, and mark the Master's coming; O meet Him on the way. "

Submitted by: JAMES KING

December 19, 2013 - 06:03 pm

Dr Reaves and family,

As you mourn and celebrate the life of Mrs. Reaves, know that she is resting. As a faculty member at Oakwood University, I took a sewing class with her. For me that was a very special time. Mrs. Reaves had a kind, quiet, and loving spirit. And, indeed, she understood how to teach the gift of sewing. I shall pray for you and your family. Ramona L. Hyman

Submitted by: Dr. Ramona L. Hyman

December 19, 2013 - 04:10 pm

I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Reaves. She was such an inspiration to me when I attended Oakwood in the 80's. I will never forget her kind and quiet demeanor. My prayers are with you all.

Submitted by: E. Dunbar

December 19, 2013 - 03:52 pm

Dr. B. F. Reaves. My family mourns with you and yearn for the great resurrection morn when we meet our departed again. Please claim the same precious promises that you've shared with so many during their times of grief.

Submitted by: Bob and Carolyn Mounter

December 19, 2013 - 03:19 pm

Dear Dr. Reaves, While I didn't really know Jean at all, I have been blessed by your ministry on many occassions at AHS events. I have learned in my few years, that a man in whom the Spirit of God dwells, has a spouse who uplifts him and drives him toward Jesus. I believe that Jean must have been a great blessing to you. My prayers are with you in this loss and claim the promise that sorry is just for a moment and there will be joy in the morning!

Submitted by: Daniel Wolcott

December 19, 2013 - 02:01 pm

What a beautiful person she was... I just want to express my deep sympathy for your loss. Pray for Christ's soon return, when we will see our dear loved ones again.

Submitted by: Etta Maycock Dudley

December 19, 2013 - 01:17 pm

Ben, I remember one of the first times you brought Jean to the office upon your arrival to help you choose furnishings for your new office. You had some ideas but she had better ones. I watched your interaction and marveled at the tenderness and gentleness of your expressions to each other. What love was expressed in that short transaction. I knew then of the deep love you had for each other. You were an example to all of us. You had 58 years together here but an eternity awaits. We are lifting you and the family up in prayer daily. Thank you both for your example.

Submitted by: Mack Rucker

December 19, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Dr. Reaves, I was so sorry to hear about your precious wife. As Dick Duerkson says, "Death is just a peaceful pause before The Resurrection." These words are so very comforting to me. It won't be long before you and your family are reunited in Jesus for Eternity. Please know you are being lifted up in prayer during this very difficult time. God bless.

Submitted by: Rhonda Rilea

December 19, 2013 - 11:56 am

Mrs. Reaves was my teacher when I was a student in the Home Economics Department at Oakwood. I have spoken fondly of the principles of interior design and sewing and textiles over the years as I incorporated them into my home and family. I will never forget the meticulousness with which she judged the first suit I ever made. I wore those concealed seams on my first professional job interview. Thank you Mrs. Reaves for the principles you instilled in me and countless others. Dr. Reaves, Terrilyn, Ben and Pam, I look forward with you to that great family reunion, where sorrow will be no more. He's coming soon!!!! May His peace be with you. Love you!!

Submitted by: Donna Green-Goodman

December 19, 2013 - 10:36 am

Mrs. Reaves was such a petite woman with tremendous style and power. I will miss seeing her at the various Adventist Health System events where she would always pause to inquire about my "boys." Dr. Reaves and family, may the Lord provide you comfort and peace during this time and please know that your AHS family is praying for you all.

Submitted by: Christine Stewart

December 19, 2013 - 10:32 am

Dear Dr. Reaves

On behalf of my family, the Arizona and Nevada-Utah Conferences and many others, I join them in deep sympathy for such a precious loss as Sister Jean your wife of nearly 60 years.

As a former student of Oakwood, I well remember Sister Jeans quiet and graceful personality. Please know that you and your family are loved, prayed for and well thought of.

Remember, Jesus still is the resurrection and the life and as the psalmist David put it in Psalms 126:5 "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy". Praise God! for that promise of that day which soon will come.


Pastor Kingsley O. Palmer
Assistant to the President/Regional Director for African-American Ministries
Arizona and Nevada-Utah Conferences

Submitted by: Pastor Kingsley O. Palmer

December 19, 2013 - 09:17 am

A gracious Christian lady, wife, mother and friend. The promise of the resurrection means so much to all of us at this time.

Submitted by: Joan and Mardian Blair

December 19, 2013 - 04:21 am

Jean Reaves had a quiet strength that we've known and appreciated from our Oakwood years long ago. And now we ask God's sustaining power over her family and particularly her husband, Dr. Ben. Thank God for the promise of the resurrection and beyond!

Submitted by: Paul and Lenore Brantley

December 19, 2013 - 03:19 am

The Lake Region Conference wishes to express our deepest sympathies to Dr. Benjamin Reaves and family. To lose a loving partner of 58 years is a tremendous loss, but thank God for the promise that He still remains beside you, "even unto the end of the world."

Submitted by: Jerome L Davis

December 18, 2013 - 09:09 pm

Dear Family, I was so saddened when I heard the news of Sister Reaves' passing. Please know that the Bedney family will continue to hold you all up in prayer. Love you all.

Submitted by: Cheryll Bedney-Moore

December 18, 2013 - 07:31 pm

Without a doubt, Sister Jean Reaves was the epitome of Christian elegance and grace. Indeed, she was the earthly power source for the greatness of her husband, Dr. Benjamin Reaves. Unequaled in her quiet display of heaven's social graces, she was the quintessential "First Lady", although that's a title she would certainly have shunned in her down-to-earth manner. Our deepest condolences go to Dr. Reaves and the family. And knowing we have this hope, "Christ in us, the hope of glory," we know a better day awaits us in the morning. Submitted in love the McPhaull Family

Submitted by: D.L. McPhaull

December 18, 2013 - 07:26 pm

Rest in peace .

Submitted by: Robert Reaves Sr.

December 18, 2013 - 07:04 pm

What a beautiful woman she was, and a solid partner for Dr. Ben. Prayers are with the family as they go through this difficult time, but also celebrating the footprints she leaves behind. Hang in there Doc, angels are with you all the way.

Submitted by: Paula Webber

December 18, 2013 - 04:20 pm

Sister Reaves was a model of Christian grace and dignity, a true woman of God. We were always blessed whenever in her presence and know that her memory of kindness to others will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. We also take this opportunity to express our condolences to Dr. Reaves during this difficult time. Remain faithful.

Submitted by: Willie and Elaine Oliver

December 18, 2013 - 04:05 pm

A motivator, inspiration, and mentor: that was Jean Reaves's investment in my life. She invested kind words of encouragement and affirmation in those who took time to engage her. We join Dr. Reaves and the family in remembering a woman with a gentle spirit, kind heart, and noble style.

Submitted by: Samuel Thomas, Jr.

December 18, 2013 - 03:18 pm

I was blessed to interact with Mrs. Reaves each year at various AHS events such as Conference on Mission and President's Council. She was always so tender and cordial. I most remember how brightly Dr. Reaves' eyes would shine while in her presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time, as they celebrate her life and reflect on her legacy.

Submitted by: Anthony Vera Cruz

December 18, 2013 - 02:53 pm

Sister Jean Reaves was a blessing to my family and to so many others who knew her! She will be missed but her quiet influence will live on in the hearts of thousands!

Submitted by: Roscoe Howard