William “Bill” Reeves

October 24, 1925 ‒ April 04, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: William “Bill” Reeves went to be with the Lord Thursday evening, April 4, 2019 in Long Beach Memorial Hospital in California. He was 93.

He was born October 24, 1925 in Covington, Kentucky to parents Hatton & Christine (Holland) Reeves. After he graduated from high school, he went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree before beginning his career as a minister.

His life’s work of preaching in Spanish began in 1945 when he and his roommate, Wayne Partin, spent the summer in Mexico learning the language before writing and publishing Spanish Biblical materials. He also started a church in Fredericktown before preaching in various locations.

He is survived by children Sharon (Gary) Baker, David (Marie) Reeves, Steve (Sue) Reeves, Dale Reeves, Tim (Laura) Reeves, Mark (Carmen) Reeves, Chris (Cheri) Reeves; 28 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife Twilah Reeves, whom he married on Christmas Day in 1946, Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Sumerlin and brother Hatton Reeves Jr.

The Reeves family will receive friends Friday, April 19, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Bill’s life will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • What great memories we have of worshiping with Bill and Twila at Fredericktown in the late 60’s and early 70’s. So glad we got to be with him last fall in Lufkin. Please accept our heart felt condolences to the entire Reeves family. Earnie and Bert Frazier

  • I have wonderful memories of bro Bill and sis Twilah and the Reeves’ family in San Antonio, Texas. The Reeves family came to start the work of the Spanish speaking congratulation that meets in the Pan Am location. My parents Alberto and Anita Rivas along with my uncle Salas worked together with bro Reeves in this effort.
    Bro Bill encourage me greatly during the passing years and especially during the time in Washington state in the 90’s where a new congregation had to be started in Tacoma, Wa.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Reeves family. Let us keep the good Christian work going forward that bro and sis Reeves so well displayed.

  • He has gone to his reward! He will be missed but his labor in the Lord will remain as a witness and affirmation to the cause of Christ.

  • Una persona muy especial y muy amada aquí en Costa rica en la iglesia de Alajuela, nosotros experimentamos su fuerza y entrega al enseñar y defender la palabra de Dios.
    Sus escritos nos ayudan mucho hasta el día de hoy y estamos seguros de que nos seguirán ayudando en el futuro.

    Los consejos que tuvimos la oportunidad de oír al hermano Bill en persona siempre suenan en nuestros oídos y estimulan al corazón. <> decía él <>.

    Gracias al hermano Bill por estas palabras y por todo lo que hizo por las iglesias de habla hispana.

    Descanse en paz hermano Bill que su trabajo seguirá con nosotros por siempre.
    La honra y la gloria sea para nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

  • Please receive our most sincere condolences,so many lives have been blessed by the work brother Reeves and partain have done. And so many lives will continue to be blessed by there work in Spanish and the English language. May our lord grant him the crown of everlasting life. Sincerely the ORTIZ family.

  • With most sincere sympathy from the daughters of Alfonso and Estela Guerra (deceased). Maria Elena Canales, Hilda Garcia, Yolanda Lopez, Norma Martinez, and Glenda Gomez; Originally from Brownsville.

  • 2Ti 4:7-8: “He peleado la buena batalla, he acabado la carrera, he guardado la fe. Por lo demás, me está guardada la corona de justicia, la cual me dará el Señor, juez justo, en aquel día; y no sólo a mí, sino también a todos los que aman su venida.”
    Heb 12:1: “Por tanto, nosotros también, teniendo en derredor nuestro tan grande nube de testigos, despojémonos de todo peso y del pecado que nos asedia, y corramos con paciencia la carrera que tenemos por delante,”

    Nuestras sinceras condolencias .
    Puyo – Ecuador

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the Reeves family.
    Many people believe in God, but not many believe GOD. I KNOW YOUR FATHER WILL BE SORLEY MISSED…but you can carry him always in your hearts.
    With much love ❤️,
    The Clarence Matthews

  • Praying for the family. He was a great man. I met him with Wayne partain.in fort..worth. loved there work together and he changed my life forever. In 1980…God bless his family.

  • Sympathy to Chris and Cheri on the loss of your loved one. May God hold you in the hollow of his hands.
    Lucille Wells and Karen Walden

  • My father, Griffin Copeland, always thought highly of Bill. My prayers and sympathy go out to all the Reeves family for Bill and for Linda. I just learned recently that she had passed away.

  • I cried like a baby this morning just hearing of Bill’s passing. I loved him, you see, along with his sincerity for the Lord, his original command of the scripture, his brilliance (even in his 90s), our times together and the times he spent in our home in Hudson, Texas. My wife, not a member of the church of Christ, loved him and respected him as well.

    Bill preached for us at Centralia, Texas, in the last few years, and I started making a list of “Things I Learned From Bill Reeves.” It became too plentiful, so I just resorted to small notes in my Bible’s margin.

    Bill will not be forgotten, and his example of faithfulness and fervor will endure in those who knew him. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • I was very sad to see this news on Facebook via bro Gardner Hall. Bro Bill was our preacher in Harlingen TX for many years late 40s-early 5os. I was a small child then in a family of 12. He made a very deep Christian impression on us all that we have never forgotten. We saw his 6 children grow up in our congregation, I believe the last two were born after they moved away to San Antonio. I was also sad to read that the oldest child Linda had passed away. Our uncle Arturo Cantu was also a dear friend of Bro Bill, he helped him built a rock house in Pike Creek. That must’ve been happy days for him and Twilah, living there. Thank you Bill and Twilah for all your Christian teachings we will never forget you. In Christian love, the Robledo family
    Ruth R Lara