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Funeral services for Randy Reaves, 60, of Athens, are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at the Living for the Brand Church of Athens with Dr. Joe Warren and Rev. Jason Smith officiating. A private interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.
Randy Reaves passed away unexpectedly Feb. 15, 2021 in Athens.
Randall Ray Reaves was born July 22, 1960 in Athens, the son of Ralph Maurice Reaves and Gwendolyn (Ray) Reaves. 
He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Athens and was a loving son, brother and uncle.  
He graduated from Athens High School in 1978 and received a scholarship to Henderson County Junior College for playing the drums.  He graduated HCJC and attended Stephen F. Austin University where he earned a bachelors degree in Computers and Business. 
Randy joined the family business, Malakoff Nursery and Garden Center in 1982 where he spent his entire career serving people all over Texas and developing lifelong relationships with his beloved customers. 
Randy was particularly caring and protective of his business partner and brother, Gary and met every morning for breakfast to plan the work day. Fun jokes and satire were Randy’s signature with friends, family and work. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Randy’s life in their own way.  Raising a drink of their choice in memory would be considered quite appropriate.
Randy was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents George A. “Buddy” “Pop” Reaves and Sarah Evie McPhail Reaves of Colfax, who came to the Van Zandt County area in 1901,  maternal grandparents Lee Ray and Beatrice Leach Ray of the Walton area of Van Zandt County.
Survivors include his mother, brothers Michael Allen Reaves and wife Kathy of Bonham and Gary Reaves of Athens, niece Macauli Ray Reaves Thompson and husband Christian and greatnieces Annabell and Hadley Thompson, nephew Jonathan Davis and family of Austin and Ryan and Caitlin Davis of Northlake, maternal aunt Margie Dove of Van and maternal aunt Mim Reaves Douglas of Athens, many cousins including  Debra Walters Costlow of Chandler.
Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Corcoran, John Torres, Chris Riley, Tommy Hayes and Ryan Davis.
A visitation will be held prior to the service from Noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens. 
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.