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Roy Leo Reaves


Roy Leo Reaves, 73, of Granville County, passed away Monday, November 02, 2020 at his home.

Roy was born in Johnston County on March 8, 1947 to the late Earl Reaves and Magnolia Eason Reaves. He graduated from Selma High School in 1965. Roy joined the United States Air Force in 1966 and is a Vietnam Veteran. He lived in Granville County for over 45 years where he worked at the Oxford Orphanage as a cottage parent and coach. Roy later retired from the maintenance department at John Umstead Hospital in Butner. He had a passion for fishing and many sports especially golfing.

A graveside service will be held at Carolina Memorial Gardens on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
Graveside Service: If the livestream is not working, it will be uploaded shortly after the service has ended.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 43 years, Martha Spurling Reaves of Creedmoor; one son, LtCol Wade Reaves USMC (Summer) currently of Ft. Leavenworth, KS; three grandsons, Nathan, Jackson and Benjamin Reaves; two sisters, Carol Kier (Steve) of Kenly, NC and Linda Baker of Creedmoor, NC and a brother, James Reaves (Betty) of Wiggins, MS and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Coy and Glen Reaves, and two sisters Flora Howell and Genevieve Thomas.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Oxford Orphanage c/o Tina Gilreath, Donor Relations 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565 or to Duke Hospice 4321 Medical Park Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

Online condolences may be made at Select obits.

Eakes Funeral Home will be observing social distancing guidelines and ask that all in attendance please wear a mask.


  • Denise Bowling Posted November 3, 2020 11:25 pm

    Martha and Wade, Please know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in His loving arms. Denise Bowling

  • Betsy Breedlove Posted November 4, 2020 11:10 am

    Martha I am so sorry about Roy you and your family are in my prayers

  • Sara Reaves Howell Posted November 5, 2020 12:41 pm

    Martha, hugs for you and your family.

  • Mary Ellen Kinney Posted November 5, 2020 10:37 pm

    My love and prayers with you Martha&Wade during this sad time of your loss of Roy!,may God bless you both! Mary Ellen

  • Barbara Roberts Posted November 6, 2020 9:42 pm

    Words can not express my feelings at this time. My prayers are with you and all of your family . Always enjoy the time you and Roy came into Bobs. A lot of laughs. Love Barbara

  • thomas hudson Posted November 7, 2020 6:36 am

    Martha and family member, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Roy will be greatly missed and always enjoyed our visited when you two came to Bob’s BBQ.

  • Homer Dixon Posted November 8, 2020 6:14 pm

    Martha i’m sorry for your loss Roy and I worked at JUH for 8 years and we always took our coffee breaks togather he was a good friend and i will miss him

  • Phyllis Liner Posted November 10, 2020 1:56 am

    Martha, I’m so sorry to hear about Roy’s death. I don’t think that I met him in the time that you were staying with mother. I do remember about your talking about your son as he progress through the military. I hope that you will have good support around you from family and friends as you live your life without Roy. My deepest sympathy to you and your family!

  • Betsy Hayes Posted November 10, 2020 12:09 pm

    Martha and family we are so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Roy. He would ask me about Brittany and my 4 legged babies. I know he will be missed. Love y’all. Binky

  • Michelle Curry Posted November 13, 2020 2:24 am

    Martha and Wade,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers! So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I will miss seeing you guys at the gym. Roy was such a sweet, kind man. He will be missed.

  • Barbara Jones Rayborn Posted November 15, 2020 1:59 am

    Roy was such a good man! Always a friendly smile and pleasant words. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

  • Scott & Devon Lloyd Posted November 21, 2020 3:14 am

    Martha & Wade,

    I’m sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Nina Greeson Posted November 21, 2020 8:29 pm

    Martha just finished watching the graveside service. I felt like I was right there with all of you. It was a beautiful service. Your son was spectular. Have you in my prayers and pray that you know he is in a better place then we are. I have had four sisters who passed away from having cancer and it was so difficult to watch them so I know what you have been going through. Take care and I still love all of your family.

  • Ginger Hawley Posted December 27, 2020 2:51 am

    Martha I just read the passing of Roy and I am truly sorry. Ronnie passed away in 2012 so I know exactly what you are feeling I will be praying for you and the family.

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