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COL Joseph Reeves Jr.

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COL Joseph Reeves Jr.

Birth
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
22 Jan 2017 (aged 90)
Suffolk City, Virginia, USA
Burial
Quantico, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Section 12 Site 166
Memorial ID
175654456 View Source

SUFFOLK - Joseph Reeves Jr., born August 4, 1926 at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA, died on January 22, 2017. Colonel Reeves, a first-generation American, was the son of Joseph Reeves of Albrighton, England, and Isabella Fraser MacArthur of Perth, Scotland.

During World War II, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged as a Signalman 3/c. He earned a Bachelors Degree at Albright College on the GI Bill and a Masters Degree at R.P.I. of the College of William and Mary, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army.

While on active duty, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and earned a Doctoral Degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. When he retired as a Colonel in 1973, he was Social Work Consultant, Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army. Dr. Reeves taught for 5 years at Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, followed by 10 years at the School of Social Work, Norfolk State University, retired at age 62 with the academic title of Professor.

He was a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Joseph was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans and served as the Virginia State Commander during 1993-94. Locally, he was a Past Commander of Cradock Chapter 41 and of Dugout 185, National Order of Trench Rats. He was a member of Post 9382 VFW and Post 42 American Legion. Joe belonged to numerous Masonic organizations. He was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia and Past District Deputy Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Virginia. He was a Past Master, Blackwater Lodge 134; member Hancock Lodge 311, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Past High Priest, Port Norfolk Royal Arch Chapter 36; Past Commander, Portsmouth Commandery 5; Past Sovereign Master, J. Leon Codd 99, Allied Masonic Degrees; Past President, Valley Forge Chapter 444, National Sojourners; Past Commander, Nicholas Miller Camp, Heroes of '76; member, Portsmouth Chapter 352, National Sojourners and Gosport Camp, Heroes of '76; a Knight of the York Cross of Honor; member Scottish Rite, Portsmouth; honorary member, Scottish Rite, Paris, France. Other organizations with which Joe was affiliated included: Clan MacArthur Society; Clan Fraser Society; Clan Donnachaidh Society; Saint Andrews Society of Tidewater; Highland Family History Society of Inverness, Scotland; Cawdor Heritage Group, Nairnshire, Scotland; Shropshire Family History Society of Shrewsbury, England; Gem and Mineral Society of the Virginia Peninsula.

He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church since 1973. Joseph Reeves was predeceased by his wife Julia Helen Nashanany Reeves, brother William Reeves, sister-in-law Elizabeth Reeves and daughter Colette Reeves.

Survivors include: son Lance Fraser Reeves of Virginia Beach; son Michael Joseph Reeves and his wife Brenda of Southern Shores, NC, son James MacArthur Reeves and his wife Michelle of Clermont, Florida, two granddaughters Lisa Reeves Speckheuer and her husband Johannes and Sara Bellin and her husband Duane, great granddaughter Zooey Libelle Speckheuer, nephews and nieces as well as numerous cousins residing in England and Scotland.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers and staff of Beth Sholom Village, The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care agency, Sentara Obici Hospital and the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Ashes of the deceased will be interred at Quantico National Cemetery with military honors. The Cremation Society of Virginia is handling arrangements.

Published in Daily Press on Jan. 24, 2017.

SUFFOLK - Joseph Reeves Jr., born August 4, 1926 at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA, died on January 22, 2017. Colonel Reeves, a first-generation American, was the son of Joseph Reeves of Albrighton, England, and Isabella Fraser MacArthur of Perth, Scotland.

During World War II, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged as a Signalman 3/c. He earned a Bachelors Degree at Albright College on the GI Bill and a Masters Degree at R.P.I. of the College of William and Mary, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army.

While on active duty, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and earned a Doctoral Degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. When he retired as a Colonel in 1973, he was Social Work Consultant, Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army. Dr. Reeves taught for 5 years at Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, followed by 10 years at the School of Social Work, Norfolk State University, retired at age 62 with the academic title of Professor.

He was a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Joseph was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans and served as the Virginia State Commander during 1993-94. Locally, he was a Past Commander of Cradock Chapter 41 and of Dugout 185, National Order of Trench Rats. He was a member of Post 9382 VFW and Post 42 American Legion. Joe belonged to numerous Masonic organizations. He was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia and Past District Deputy Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Virginia. He was a Past Master, Blackwater Lodge 134; member Hancock Lodge 311, Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Past High Priest, Port Norfolk Royal Arch Chapter 36; Past Commander, Portsmouth Commandery 5; Past Sovereign Master, J. Leon Codd 99, Allied Masonic Degrees; Past President, Valley Forge Chapter 444, National Sojourners; Past Commander, Nicholas Miller Camp, Heroes of '76; member, Portsmouth Chapter 352, National Sojourners and Gosport Camp, Heroes of '76; a Knight of the York Cross of Honor; member Scottish Rite, Portsmouth; honorary member, Scottish Rite, Paris, France. Other organizations with which Joe was affiliated included: Clan MacArthur Society; Clan Fraser Society; Clan Donnachaidh Society; Saint Andrews Society of Tidewater; Highland Family History Society of Inverness, Scotland; Cawdor Heritage Group, Nairnshire, Scotland; Shropshire Family History Society of Shrewsbury, England; Gem and Mineral Society of the Virginia Peninsula.

He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church since 1973. Joseph Reeves was predeceased by his wife Julia Helen Nashanany Reeves, brother William Reeves, sister-in-law Elizabeth Reeves and daughter Colette Reeves.

Survivors include: son Lance Fraser Reeves of Virginia Beach; son Michael Joseph Reeves and his wife Brenda of Southern Shores, NC, son James MacArthur Reeves and his wife Michelle of Clermont, Florida, two granddaughters Lisa Reeves Speckheuer and her husband Johannes and Sara Bellin and her husband Duane, great granddaughter Zooey Libelle Speckheuer, nephews and nieces as well as numerous cousins residing in England and Scotland.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers and staff of Beth Sholom Village, The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care agency, Sentara Obici Hospital and the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Ashes of the deceased will be interred at Quantico National Cemetery with military honors. The Cremation Society of Virginia is handling arrangements.

Published in Daily Press on Jan. 24, 2017.


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  • Created by: Len Clark
  • Added: 23 Jan 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 175654456
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175654456/joseph-reeves: accessed ), memorial page for COL Joseph Reeves Jr. (4 Aug 1926–22 Jan 2017), Find a Grave Memorial ID 175654456, citing Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Prince William County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Len Clark (contributor 48896768) .