We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Larry Smith-Cooper Funeral Home, Inc.
Reverend Maceo Stanley Reaves was born on October 1, 1939, to the late Henry and Ella Rebecca Smith Reaves in Fork, South Carolina. He was ushered into eternal peace and rest on June 9, 2022.
Mace or Rev, as he was affectionally known, was the fourth son and the second of eleven children. He joined Shiloh United Methodist Church in Fork SC, at a very young age. Mace was educated in the Dillon County Public School System and graduated in 1957 from Columbus High School (presently Lake View High School).
He married Mary Eliza Page in 1957 and they migrated to Atlantic City, New Jersey to live and start a family. Mace was a devoted husband and father who loved his family dearly. He took great interest in nurturing each child’s potential, gifts, and heart.
Maceo was a humble, visionary, and industrious man. He loved working with his hands and excelled at it. He was employed as a professional baker for much of his life. In his spare time, he was a mason, a carpenter, and a general contractor.
In the mid-eighties, Rev rededicated his life to the Lord and answered God’s call to Christian ministry. He was mentored at Mt. Olive Newborn Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey by the late Bishop Willie C. Fann. Rev was later ordained and diligently served his beloved Bishop, the church members, and the community. In the early 2000s, upon returning to Lake View for retirement, he planted and pastored Praise Tabernacle Church of God. There, he sought to bring God’s love and practical help to his city’s lost, least, and last. He was a man of prayer who loved helping hurting people.
The official celebration of life will be held at Miracle Temple Family Fellowship, 1210 Huss Street, Lake View, South Carolina on Saturday, June 18th with viewing from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and service at 2:00 pm. Public viewing will occur on Friday, June 17th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Larry Smith-Cooper Funeral Home, Inc., 304 Church Street, Mullins, South Carolina.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Mary Eliza Page-Reaves. His Children: Robert (Sandra) Reaves of Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Jasper Reaves of Trenton, NJ; and Marlinda (David) Ireland of Sparta, NJ. Two of his children preceded him in death: David (Mary Grace) Reaves, Sr. of Egg Harbor, NJ, and Andre (Ann) Rowell of Trenton, NJ.
His Grandchildren: Robyn (Calvin) Reaves-Rice, Robert (April) Reaves, Jr., James Reaves, Adrian (Jamie) Reaves, Christina Reaves, Megan Reaves, Desmond Reaves, David Reaves, Jr., Danielle (Louis) Ireland- Imhof, and Jessica Ireland.
His Sisters: Frances (Elroy) Pringle of Effingham, SC; Loretta Goodman of Fork, SC; Gail (Nathaniel) Wilson of Columbia; SC, Roberta (Vernon) White of St. Stephen, SC; and Esther Parker of NC. Two sisters: Gloria Jean Reaves-Brown and Mae Lesta Reaves-Bethea preceded him in death.
Sister-in-law: Martha (Carlton) Reaves and daughter-in-law, Yvette (David) Hannah-Reaves also preceded him in death.
His Brothers: William (Betty) Reaves, Danville, VA; Milton (Sandra) Reaves of Hampton, VA; Timothy (Gina) Reaves of Chesapeake, VA; and Brother-in-Law Roy Bethea of Hampton, VA. Two brothers, Carlton Reaves and Larry Reaves as well as two brothers-in-law, James Brown and Raymond Goodman preceded him in death.
Aunt: Lillie Irene Brown of Lake View, SC. First Cousins: Bobby Boykins of Fork, SC, Margie Brown of Albany, NY and Vivian Smith of Baltimore, MD and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.