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Obituary for Al Reaves
Alfred Milton Reaves 78, of Eatonton, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. Mr. Reaves was born on December 29, 1938 in Eastman, Georgia, to the late Oscar Milton Reaves and Taggie Mae Davis Reaves. He graduated from Cochran High School in 1957, he continued his education by receiving a BS in Education from Georgia Southern in 1961, a Masters in Education from Georgia College in 1969 and a Specialist in Education from the University of Georgia in 1974. Mr. Reaves was the head football coach in Dodge, Jackson, and Putnam Counties. He coached high school football for 38yrs., with a record of 217 wins, 160 losses and 5 ties, as well as, 1 state championship, 2 state runner up, and 5 regional championships. He led his baseball teams to 1 state championship, 1 state runner up and 3 regional championships. He was the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association coach of the year 6 times, was state coach of the year 2 times, and was the Touchdown Club Coach of the year 1 time. He also served as the School Superintendent for Putnam County. Upon his retirement from coaching, the Putnam County Board of Education named its football field “ Al Reaves Field “ in his honor. Mr. Reaves married the love of his life Emily Sue Melvin Reaves on May 15, 1959. A visitation will be held on Tuesday June 6, 2017, at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel from 5-7 pm. A service will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 3pmat the First United Methodist Church Great Hall, and burial will follow in Eatonton Memorial Park. Mr. Reaves is survived by his daughter Lisa Reaves McElhannon (Tommy), a son Scott Reaves (Beth) and his grandchildren Kyle McElhannon, Sarah Reaves and Jeffrey Reaves. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Eatonton.