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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
https://www.youcaring.com/robinsonhighschoolsjohnreavesmemorialfund-893952

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
Robert.Bhoolai@sdhc.k12.fl.us
813-272-3006 x229