Sgt. 1st Class (retired) James Paul Reeves Retired Sgt. 1st Class James
Paul Reeves, age 79, of Murfreesboro passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
A native of Oxford, Ark., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 and retired in 1970 after 23 years of service.
He was in the 87th Airborne Division, and served in World War II - occupied Germany and based in occupied Japan until his service in Korea War. He served 3 tours in Vietnam and then retired.
He graduated with a Criminal Justice Degree from MTSU and was Chief of Police of
Eagleville for a number of years. While in the military, he received numerous medals. These include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with 5 campaign stars. Master Parachutist Badge and many more. He was a paratrooper, and was the originator of the paratrooper club of Fort Campbell..
Sgt. 1st Class Reeves was preceded in death by his first wife, Maude
Gee and his parents, Owen and Mable Owens Reeves. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Cortner Reeves of Murfreesboro; children, Christopher Cortner and Barbara Cortner-Holland; brothers, Tom May and wife Nancy of Exeter, Mo. and Don Readshaw of Chectcr, Va.; sisters, Elizabeth Ross of
Hermosa Beach, Calif, and Imo Shannon of Carlsbad, Calif.; many nieces and nephews;, uncle, Gerald Owens of Jessup, Md.; aunt. May Owens of Neosho, Mo. and cousins, Joe Cash, Betty Watson, David Cash and Jack Skidmore.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m.. Saturday, June 21, 2008 at Jackson Ridge Church with full military honors. Archie Luper will officiate. Visitation with the family will be from noon until service time. Jennings & Ayers, 820 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN, is in charge of arrangements.
[The News Journal, Wilmington, DE, 08 Apr 2015, Wed Page A13]