Jerrel Reaves

1965 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Jerrel Reaves Obituary
Jerrel Reaves April 11, 1945 - May 29, 2013 Jerrel was born in Porum, OK on April 11, 1945 to John and Stella Reaves. He grew up with 3 brothers and 3 sisters. The family headed to CA when he was a young boy and made their home in McFarland, CA. Jerrel met and married the love of his life, Gail Brewer in 1965. They had two children, Lori and Jared. His family was his life and he loved them fiercely. He once stopped along the way home from work and cut a different color rose from a field of roses to bring home to Gail. Him cutting each one made them more beautiful and special. The love they had was deep and they passed that on to both their children. Once he had his grandchildren, Jimmy (Jimbo), Morgan (Little One) and Brock (Buddy Guy) his love deepened even more. You would not find a better Papa. Jerrel, at age 16, started working for Armstrong Roses and worked his way up to managing the shipping and receiving departments. He would oversee many men and women in each department and was admired and liked by all. He was known as a fair and easy going boss. In his mid 20's he started hauling hay and later partnered up with his brother Pete, that started J&R Roadsiding. A job he had a passion for. He loved hauling hay and when he could no longer work doing that he still liked to set out on his front porch and look at the harrowbeds hauling hay in the field across from his home. In the early years of his life he liked to camp, hunt, fish, take his boat out on the lake and water ski. On most Saturday nights you would find him at the Bakersfield Speedway or Mesa Marin betting with one of his brother-in-laws who was going to win the race. He was the mechanic of the family. Each and everyone in his family has a story of how Jerrel had worked on their car. They all say he could fix any problem. Later on in his life you would find him driving his golf cart around his small dirt road neighborhood. Teaching his grandkids how to drive the golf cart when his daughter would tell him the kids were too little. He did it anyways and told them it was their little secret. He adored his three grandchildren and they felt the same about him. When Jimmy was little he would sit with Papa and play games on the Playstation until Donkey Kong was all beat. He would pull Morgan around in her wagon all over looking for buried treasure never once without a smile for his little one. Papa and Brockie Boy would sit eating their favorite 50/50 popcycle on the hot summer days. He loved watching him race his dirtbikes and told everyone that had ears how Buddy Guy was the best and going to be a Supercross Champ someday. He was kind and gererous to everyone he met, he was hard working and never gave up on anything he wanted to achieve. Jerrel loved to tease and give you a hard time. You knew he liked you when he did and wondered what you had done wrong when he didn't. He was a peace maker when peace needed to be made. He would tell stories of his past like no one else. How he met Gail and convinced her to marry him. The fun times he had growing up with his brothers and sisters, and the cars he drove and fixed up. He was proud of his family no man could be prouder. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Stella Reaves, stster Dorthy Sherman, brothers, Dude Reaves and Pete Reaves, father-in-law, Ray Brewer. Sister-in-law Brenda Hill.He is survived by his wife Gail Reaves, his son Jared Reaves, his daughter and her husband and children, Lori, Chuck, Jimmy, Morgan and Brock Bennett. His brother, Orville Reaves, sister, Clara Rogerson and her husband, Norman Rogerson, sister, Barbara Lambert. Brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Tony and Betty Brewer, Monie and John Allen, Dan and Chris Brewer, Curt Hill, Dwight and Shirley Brewer, Randall and Debbie Brewer, Ellen and David Morse, Harlon Brewer, Janie and Todd Warrington, Everett and Phyllis Brewer, Theta and Don Taylor. Many nieces and nephews who he thought the world of . And last but definitley not least, Debbie Taylor Cooper aka "Debbie Doo" who brought a smile to his face his last weeks in the hospital. Graveside services 9 a.m. Saturday at Shafter Cemetary. It is so hard to say goodbye to you when we cannot believe you are gone. We love you and you will be missed always and forever. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 1, 2013
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