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Herbert Hanson Reaves, Jr.

June 26, 1934 ~ May 7, 2019 (age 84)

Herbert Hanson Reaves, Jr., 84, of Rocky Point passed peacefully from his earthly life Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at his home.                               

     He was born June 26, 1934 in New Hanover County, the son of the late Herbert Hanson Reaves, Sr. and Marie White Reaves. Herbert was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Reaves and brother, Billy Reaves.

     Herbert is survived by his wife, Geraldine Daniels Reaves; sons, Michael Lamar Reaves, Herbert Mark Reaves and Phillip Reaves and wife, Tammy; step-daughter, Phyllis Jernigan; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Marie Lunsford and husband, Bobby and Barbara Knowles and husband, Rodney; and many extended family and friends.

     Herbert served his country honorably in the US Naval Reserves during the Korean Conflict. Working in the Newport News Naval Shipyard, Herbert began a long career working with metals. He was a man gifted with many talents as he was a draftsman and an artist. He worked on the construction of the USS Enterprise, USS John F. Kennedy, several submarines, and nuclear submarines. It is remembered that Herbert built a working jet engine out of spare parts.

     Herbert was a gentleman, a diligent worker, a man of honor, and a Christian who loved his family. He and Geraldine attended Springview Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. Prior to his illness, Herbert found time to hunt, fish and enjoy God’s nature in the outdoors. Fond memories of Herbert will remain in our hearts.    

     The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw with funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Rev. Rodney Knowles will conduct the service.

     Burial will follow in Riley’s Creek Memorial Cemetery.

     The family would like to thank the staff of Home Instead, especially Maribel and Yvonne for providing love, comfort and excellent care to Herbert and his family during his illness.

     Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

     Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.


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