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“John and Patti Reaves witnessed to me and my now husband Michael Glenn in 1983 while painting their house and going through a very difficult time in...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Margie Glenn

“I never knew John personally but followed his whole career through his wonderful sister , Caroline , whom I had the pleasure of meeting forty years...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Elizabeth Broussard - Metairie, LA

“I first met John Reaves at his football camp in Lakeland, FL in the summer of 1987. I knew him from his days with the Bandits but I had been hearing...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Mike Cohen - New York, NY

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I had only seen you once while playing with the Oilers. Has been a long time since we had...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: David Withers - Ocala, FL

“I grew up a huge Gator fan and was 12 years old when the "super sophs" hit Gainesville, with John Reaves as their leader. I always thought he would...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Dr. Larry

“David,My heart breaks for your loss. I know how special your father was to you. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
6 of 36 | Posted by: Monica Hardee-Hamer - SC - Friend

“Caroline, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. ”
7 of 36 | Posted by: Jennie Scionti - Land O Lakes, FL

“God's Comfort & Strength over David, Stephen, Layla and grandchildren. As a child I remember John and his family from the Silver Sixties Gator...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Debbie Mack Irwin - Cairo, GA

“John was a fellow Gator, fraternity brother, and a great friend. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family. His memory will remain in our...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: sonny foreman - san diego, CA

“Sorry to see you leave this life, you are in peace now. RIP, Old gator friend Chucho. ”
10 of 36 | Posted by: Chucho Maya - Asheville, NC

“i had the biggest crush on John in high school; he once kissed me on the cheek and i almost fainted!so handsome, so talented, so kind.prayers &...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: yvonne watkins - st petersburg, FL

“I will always remember John as being a great guy with a great spirit and a game changer. GG. ”
12 of 36 | Posted by: Warren Gaffney - Jacksonville, FL

“Will miss my buddy.Had alot of great memories with him growing up.Played flag football with him at Palma Ceia playground.We won the city championship...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Jamie Cannon - Tampa, FL

“John I can remember you and Patty came down to the hospital and prayed for my dad before he had open heart surgery. I am thinkful for y'all. think...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Jerry Bell - Polk city, FL

“My sincerest condolences to The Reaves family. My late husband Tom and I became friends with John and Patti in the early 70's while they were...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Susan Bailey - Jacksonville, FL

“RIP, John, my friend from childhood at Madison and Robinson. Peace be with you. Praying for you and all your family. ”
16 of 36 | Posted by: Trina Hewett-Bertoldi - Tampa, FL

“I went to Robinson High with John and was in awe of him a a person and quarterback. I was always a Gator fan and followed his career at Florida and...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Mills - Seminole, FL

“Rest In Peace John. One fine Gator! ”
18 of 36 | Posted by: LD Martin - Ocala, FL

“Rest In Peace - you have made Gator Nation proud! ”
19 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP. You are in Gods hands now he will take good care of you.You have left behind some wonderful memories for family, friends and Gator Nation.You...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Frances Smith - GAINESVILLE, FL

“To the family of John, Chuck Kelly here, John and coached at South Carolina together, John Loved two things i know, first his family, He was so proud...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Chuck Kelly - Babson Park, FL

“John Reaves will always be my Superhero ! I was excited to teach his boys in Elementary school- We spent Our Junior High Years (as the school was ...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Suzanne Bopp - FL

“John, It was a great blessing to get to know you and your wife Patti, and I hope I made a positive impact on your life! We will continue to pray for...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Pastor Hector Gomez - Tampa, FL

“John may you Rest In Peace . You will be missed . ”
24 of 36 | Posted by: Jay Hart - Tampa, FL

“What can we all say, John? We all knew and loved you..and we each have perfectly etched memories of you, the boy from Alabama who moved into our...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Camille Symons Patty - dayton, OH

“John, may you Rest In Peace and know you were loved by many. Your pain is over, you are all brand new. Henry and I had the greatest respect for you...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Beverly Laxdal - Lakeland, FL

“I remember hanging by the fence watching Plant football on Friday nights and really enjoying my conversations with John. RIP sir. ”
27 of 36 | Posted by: Arthur Banks - Sarasota, FL

“Rest in peace, John. Your work and struggles on Earth are done. May God bless you in Heaven and comfort the family and many friends you left behind. ”
28 of 36 | Posted by: Gary Huff - Tallahassee, FL

“I was in band with John at Madison. As I recall he played the tuba at halftime in his football uniform. To me he was a local celeb at the school. ...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“My wife and I sat in the same row with John, on a flight from Detroit to Tampa some years ago. He was very fond of his children, and told us about...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Karl Mohr - Bradenton, FL

“I didn't know John personally but always made an impression on me and when I had tickets to the Bandits. Great football player and person. My...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Donna - Palm Harbor

“RIP John. Went to Madison and graduated with John in 1968. He will be missed by all who knew him. ”
32 of 36 | Posted by: Allan Wood - Tampa, FL

“John was a very fine athlete. I played racquetball with John at the Tower Club. God Bless his memory, ”
33 of 36 | Posted by: Tom Vann - Tampa, FL

“To the family of John Reaves i am a friend from way back. My mother worked with his mother. I am truely sorry for your loss.Memories will always be...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Arlene Schlichte FITZGIBBON

“Patti , Layla , David , Stephen , Brooke and family .Our hearts are broken for you all . One thing I know about John is that he loved you and was...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Janice Butler - Columbia, SC

“We will miss you JR. You were one of the very best to ever put on a uniform at the UofF. No true fla fan will ever forget the bomb to Carlos Alvarez...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Kelly - Sebring, FL

Thomas "John" Johnson Reaves 67, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2017. He was born in Anniston, Alabama.
John was survived by his two sons, David and Stephen; daughter, Layla; sister, Caroline Reaves; five grandchildren; former wife, Patti Reaves; and loving family.
He will always be remembered for having a huge heart who was passionate about his family, friends, and The University of Florida Football.

The John Reaves Memorial Fund

For those wanting to donate via check,
Donations can be directed to:
Robinson High School
C/O The John Reaves Fund
6311 South Lois Avenue
Tampa, FL. 33616

For questions, please contact:
Principal Bhoolai, Robinson High School
813-272-3006 x229