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Herschel Audrey Reaves

Herschel Audrey Reaves, 92, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

He was born on February 21, 1921 near Bado, Missouri, the son of the late Jesse and Lula (Brown) Reaves.

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

After returning home, he was united in marriage to Billie Bernice Kirkman on June 2, 1950, and to this union one son, James Donald, was born. They resided in Cabool together for 63 years.

Herschel was a born-again believer in Jesus Christ our Savior and attended 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.

Herschel was the proudest grandpa ever and enjoyed every minute he could spend with his granddaughters. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing golf until his health slowed him down.

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

He is survived by his wife, Billie Kirkman Reaves of the home; his son, James Donald and wife Janice; two granddaughters, Julia and Jamie Reaves; one sister, Helen Reaves Laffoon; and many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2013, at Cabool Christian Church with Bro. Bob Martin officiating. Pallbearers were Hubert Reaves, John Casey, John Bailey, Nick Matherly, Tom Carr and Danny Kirkman. Interment with full military honors was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

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In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to the Herschel Reaves Memorial Scholarship fund to benefit his greatly loved granddaughters. An account has been set up at the Cabool branch of Landmark Bank.

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