September 1, 1929 ~ June 23, 2020

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

James Larry Reeves, Sr., 90, passed away on June 23, 2020.

Born in Buncombe County on September 1, 1929, James was the son of the late Paul and Pauline Cole Reeves. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Verlene Reeves; brother, John T. Reeves; and sister, Ruth Wells.

Mr. Reeves retired from Carolina Freight Carriers, Inc. and was a tobacco farmer for most of his life.

Mr. Reeves attended Leicester Methodist Church until its closing, when he became a member of Little Sandy Mush Methodist Church.

Mr. Reeves is survived by his daughter, Candice Haynie, of Charleston, SC; son, Larry Reeves and his wife Renee, of Hendersonville, NC; and grandchildren, Chandler Haynie and wife Lindsay, of Charlotte, NC, Kate Haynie of Charlotte, NC, and Taylor Reeves, of Mills River, NC.

We wish to extend a special thanks to all our friends, relatives, caregivers, and the Brevard hospice team who cared for James during the last days of his journey.

The family requests that you remember Mr. Reeves in a way he would surely appreciate; through a donation to the Welcome Table at Leicester Community Meal Site, P.O. Box 36 Leicester, N.C. 28748.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Green Hills Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Kelvin Moseley officiating. Pallbearers are Taylor Reeves, Joe Miller, Randy Miller, Stacy Miller, Chris Reeves, and Tom Clark.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: June 27, 2020 11:00 am

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

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  1. Larry, Renee and Family, sorry to learn of your loss. James was a very special person and he will truely miss by all who knew him. I don’t think I ever saw him that he was not smiling with a twinkle in his eyes, I loved James and so did many others. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Marie Whitener

  2. Papaw will be greatly missed by all who knew him & loved him . He always had that sweet smile on his face. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you .

  3. Alice and I deeply regret the loss of James, a wonderful caring man. He has meant much to Alice and me and our family. His love for our grandfather Malley Reeves is one of my memories. I remember when I was very young watching James and John crank Malley’s T Model Ford truck on a cold winter day as they tried to start it for him.
    Alice and I will be forever grateful to James and Verlene for keeping the Reeves Reunion alive for many years, finally passing it on to others. They enabled our family to maintain its ties through their planning and hard work. Theirs was an act of family faithfulness. Of course, James’ love for and pride in his family was always apparent. He was a quiet and gentle man whose life served as a role model for others, a dimension of his character that has always impressed us. We will miss him and want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family during this time of sadness and loss.

    Alice and I regret that we will not be at his service Saturday. Because of the Covid-19 threat, we have self-isolated for the last three months because of being in the vulnerable group. Nevertheless, we will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Larry, Renee and Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of James. He will be missed in the Leicester Community. May “The God of ALL Comfort” be close to all of you now and in the weeks to come. You will be in our thoughts and prayers
    Jimmie and Shirley Fender

  5. Rene and family, we are sorry for your loss. James was a great one to have around, always smiling. May you feel Gods presence during these times. We are thinking of you. Pam & Randy Price

  6. Lisa, Will, and I want to pass along our sympathy and condolences for your loss. James was a gentle soul and we enjoyed his company at the Reeves Reunions. Our prayers are with all of you in this time of loss.
    Our love,

  7. Larry, Renee and Family
    So very sorry to hear of James passing.
    He was such a wonderful person and loved by all at Little Sandy Methodist Church. His smile and kind voice will be missed but we know he is in the arms of God and united with his loving wife. May Lord give you comfort.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. It’s always such a loss to any family. I know he will be missed by all. His beautiful smile was always a blessing! My daddy, Addison Farmer, thought so much of James years ago. One could speak to James at Little Sandy Methodist and his whole face lit up in a beautiful smile. May Gods love shine on his family. Love in Christ, Eddie and Maleada Frisbee

  9. Larry, Renee, Candice and Family,
    We are thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy. At this time, may God’s love grant you comfort and peace.
    James will always be remembered for his kind, gentle spirit.

  10. Mac and I are so sorry for your loss and the loss of the extended family. James has always been a favorite of the Jerome Reeves Family and we will truly miss him.


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