Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Grace Reeves of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 10th, 2023. She was born and raised in Long Branch to the late Edward Sr. and Grace Reeves.
Dr. Reeves graduated from Long Branch High School in 1954, and later earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Cheyney University, PA. Her love for children led her to complete her education by earning a Doctorate in Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Reeves taught children in the Long Branch, Montclair and Newark school systems. Before her retirement she served as the Dean at St. James Preparatory School in Newark, from 2001 to 2003, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William D. Watley. Dr. Reeves also served at as a professor at Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, and William Patterson Universities.
Rev. Dr. Reeves was the Founder and President of Spoken Word Ministries which began in 1986. With her Ministry, she traveled the world bringing God's Word and praying for His people.
While at Trinity AME Church she was called to preach The Gospel in 1965. During her 58 years in the Ministry, Rev. Reeves was a member of the ministerial staff of Greater Bethel AME Church and Bethel Tabernacle Brooklyn NY, under the leadership of Rev. A. Earl Jordan, St. James AME Church, Newark NJ, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Ronald Slaughter, and was serving at St. Paul AME Church, E. Orange, under the leadership of Pastor and Spiritual Son Rev. Dr. Jerome Stembridge, until she was called home to be with The Lord.
She was pre-deceased by her parents Edward Sr. and Grace Reeves, a brother Edward Reeves Jr., and two sisters Juanita Cotton and Sandra Corey, and niece Lynn Reeves. She leaves to cherish her memory a brother Donald Reeves of Elizabeth, NJ, sisters Beverly Smith of Neptune, NJ, and Rev. Carolyn Castelli and brother-in-law Rev. Pedro Castelli of Asbury Park, NJ. She also leaves to mourn her loss God children Ryan and Kaylah Dillon, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, spiritual daughters/sons, spiritual God children, friends and colleagues.
Jackie as she was called loved The Lord, family, friends, children, traveling and beautiful plants and flowers. She is deeply missed by all those that were touched by her life and ministry.
A memorial gathering to remember and celebrate Dr. Reeves' life will take place on Saturday, May 6th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity AME Church, 64 Liberty Street in Long Branch. The interment and repass will be private. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
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