John Russell Reeves Jr October 29, 1937 ~ July 18, 2012

John Russell Reeves, Jr. 74 of Fayetteville departed this life on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville after a most courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born October 29, 1937 in Little Rock, Ar. to John Russell, Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Heriot Reeves. A graduate of Little Rock Central High School, he continued his education at the University of Arkansas Retiring in 2005 as a master mechanical designer in heating and air, working with Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers for over 36 years.  Some of his favorite projects he worked on included the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville and many of the buildings on the U of A campus including the renovation of Old Main in 1990-91. After retiring he and Marty moved to Fayetteville in 2005 to be nearer to their family.  John was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. A man with an enormous quiet faith loved the Lord, life and his family.  He enjoyed cruising particularly to  Alaska and took his fourth and final trip there in June of 2012 with his family.  Although he visited many locales including a trip to Germany in 2003, he insisted there was nothing better than cruising the inside passage of Alaska With Nick Arends, Marty’s cousin.  One of his favorite things to do was working in the yard always making sure no blade of grass was out of order and he always enjoyed keeping up to date with friends and family on computer. There was also that standing challenge to his grandson, Corbin for a game on X-Box. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha (Marty) Arends Reeves, a son John Gregory (Greg) Reeve and his wife, Candace and his beloved grandson Corbin Russell Reeves, all of Fayetteville, his brother Robert (Bob) Reeves and wife Theresa of Houma, LA and many other family members to whom he was close.  He also leaves Behind his two furry friends and comforters, Shada Girl and Shugar Bear.  John was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents Charles and Lily Reeves.  John’s family would like to thank the staff of Highlands Oncology Clinic, Washington Regional Hospital and Washington Regional Hospice Home for their compassion and care given to him during his illness. The family will receive friends Friday, July 20, 2012 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m.Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville with Rev. J. Anthony Holifield  officiating.

In Lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be made to the

1)       American Cancer Society/Pancreatic Cancer Research fund, P.O Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123,

2)       Central United Methodist Church , Community Meals, Music Dept., or any other missions,

6 West Dickson, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

3)       Willard Walker Hospice Home , 325 N. Longview, Fayetteville, AR 72703

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    Pat Newton » 19. Jul, 2012

    My Dear Marty,
    I was so sorry to hear about your husband this morning. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
    Much love,
    Pat Newton

    Rod & Myra Harris » 20. Jul, 2012

    Marty and Greg,

    So sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Pat Keilch » 20. Jul, 2012


    I`m so very sorry about my computer buddie ,I will miss him ,my love goes out to you ,you are so special to me ,always have been, God Bless, Pat

    Sam & Dianne Cummings » 20. Jul, 2012

    Marty and Family-Dianne and I are saddened to learn about John. He was a true friend at P & P as we worked together for 36 years. There was no one I trusted more than John to get things right the first time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sam & Dianne

    kelly roberts » 20. Jul, 2012

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you feel God’s arms wrapped around you.
    Kelly Roberts

    Jo Howard Smith » 21. Jul, 2012

    Dear Marty and family,

    We are so very sorry about your loss of John. We love you and hold you in our hearts and prayers during this hard time. We know such a good man will be so greatly missed by the family but the good Lord will be with you.

    Jo and Earl

    Pat Yancey » 21. Jul, 2012

    So sorry to hear of John’s death. I have fond memories of the two of you at Asbury UMC.
    Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.
    Pat Yancey

    Thomas Weir » 21. Jul, 2012

    Marty and Greg,
    Marion and I were so sorry to hear about John’s death. He was always a fine Christian gentleman and a good friend. We lost Marion’s mom to pancreatic cancer, and we do understand some of your feelings at this time. Please know that you are in our prayers and know that you will take comfort in remembering what a fine husband, dad, and grandfather he was.

    Tom and Marion

    John and Connie Sturgis » 21. Jul, 2012

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and family.

    Kristi » 21. Jul, 2012

    Marty & Family: I wish I could have been there this weekend. Remember all the good times, the trips and the laughter. He will be terribly missed by all.

    Jim Britt » 21. Jul, 2012

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed working with you, Marty, and I enjoyed John and his helping with church events. The great picture looks like him and his enjoyment of life and other people. Jim and Sally Britt