Reeves C. Havens Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rev. Reeves C. Havens Jr., age 94, of Fairview, Tenn., a retired minister of the United Methodist Church, died Nov. 9, 2010 in Franklin, Tenn.

His career as a clergyman and chaplain spanned seven decades. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1942 and his National Chaplaincy Accreditation in 1959. He and wife Geraldine served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York from 1942-1952, as missionaries in Nome and Ketchikan from 1952-1958, then as chaplain of a Methodist Hospital and a Methodist retirement community in Pennsylvania before retiring in 1978.

He continued to work in retirement, returning to Alaska with his family where he served churches in the Anchorage area and Juneau before retiring a second time in 1992, then moved to Tennessee and filled in as visiting pastor at several churches until 2007.

He was the first of three children, born in Binghamton, N.Y. His father was a Methodist minister, as are his two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Geraldine Bowen Havens; his son, Alan (Mary Ellen) Havens; his daughters, Lynne (Don) Lovett, Rana (Barry) Wise and Maia (Amy) Havens; his brothers Bradley and Robert Havens; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services were conducted Nov. 12, 2010 at Westview United Methodist Church in Fairview, Tenn.

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