Mr. Jessie James Reaves, Sr., son of the late Mr. Joe Reaves and the late Mrs. Amanda McInnis Reaves, was born July 27, 1939, in Robeson County, North Carolina. As a child, he accepted Christ at a young age and worshiped at Salem United Methodist Church. He later joined The Shepherd’s House Ministries, under the leadership of Minister Roderick and Pastor Vickie Leake, where he became “Father of the Church” and was lovingly called “Daddy Jot.” Jessie attended school in Robeson County and after doing so, was employed at South of The Border in Dillon, South Carolina. He was employed with one of the restaurants there as a Chef. He loved his job and found pleasure in satisfying his customers. Mr. Reaves worked as a Chef for over 30 years.
Jessie was well known for “telling it like it is.” He enjoyed sitting around talking with his friends at the Liberty Corner Store. He loved reminiscing about the good old days when he was a pitcher for the Rowland Red Birds baseball team. He was a pretty good baseball player folks say. During the time when his son Jessie Jr. was growing up, he was a strong supporter and attended all of his sporting events. His son and nephews all knew that he was their biggest fan. He was also an avid Tar Heel Fan.
On Tuesday December 18, 2018, in the comfort of his home, with his loving wife Celia and sister-in-law Nancy by his side, God said “Well done my good and faithful servant” …and called him home.
Mr. Reaves was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: William, Maxie, and John Willie; and three sisters: Louise Bullard, Almetia Southern and Josephine Burrell.
His memory will be forever cherished by his wife Celia Mae Reaves of the home; one son: Jessie James Reaves, Jr. (Felicia) of Durham, NC; one daughter, Vickie Leake (Roderick) of Rowland ,NC; two grandsons Jessie James Reaves, III (PJ) and Daniel Leake; two granddaughters Joinea Leake of the home, who assisted with his care, and Tierra Thomas (Willie) , one adopted granddaughter Rutaija Reaves ; three great-grandchildren, Chance, Ana, and Maddie; one sister: Esther Young (James) of New York ; three brothers: Joe Reaves (Juanita) of Baltimore MD , Bobby Reaves (Helen) and Lonnie Reaves, of Rowland, NC; A special sister-in-law: Nancy Reaves who assisted with his care, and Sally Thompson; one brother-in-law John Frank Southern; and a host of other relatives and friends.