John Thomas Reeves, former president of Virginia Conference UM Men
ANNANDALE, Va.––John Reeves was born in Surry County, N.C., on March 1, 1931, and as John would say, he exited his “earth suit” on February 25, 2017. Prior to his death, John was a double cancer survivor, having successfully fought malignant melanoma in 1984 and acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2004.
After serving in the U.S. Army, John began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture; he worked his way up to the position of deputy administrator for management of the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Having been a member of Annandale UMC since 1964, John became heavily involved in the ministry of the church, which led to his 2000 election as president of the Virginia Conference UM Men. Following a 4-year term, he remained active on the conference cabinet of UM Men until 2008.
John is survived by Betty, his wife of 63 years; two daughters, Sheri and Michele; and two granddaughters, Erin and Brenna.