Garrett Wayne Reeves was born on November 10, 1981 and ran into Jesus' arms on May 13, 2022.
For those of you that knew Garrett, you know that he was a talker. It was sometimes difficult to have a conversation because he never paused when telling you something.
One day I told him that I had created a code word to subtly let him know that he needed to stop talking and let the other person have a chance to speak.
The code word was pineapples. So, as you notice the pineapples in the food and décor, it is our way of remembering Garrett's propensity for the spoken word.
Garrett always wanted children, particularly a little girl. He adored his nieces, Carsyn and Ady Kerbo, and loved when he was able to spend time with them. He even let them paint his nails and put bows in his hair. They called him "Uncle Goo."
Then in 2021, his beautiful daughter, Preslee Diann Reeves was born on August 31. We had been told that the baby was a boy - a little Garrett Wayne Junior - so you can imagine the surprise when his baby girl was born. He was over the moon. He told me many times that he knew he would have a daughter so when we were told it was a boy, we were all surprised.
But then when she made her debut Garrett was not surprised at all. He told us before he even met Preslee's mother that God told him he would have a girl. And he believed it.
Garrett struggled with drug addiction since he was a teenager. He had been sober for about nine months.
The pressures he was dealing with at the end got to be too much and he started using again. This time the Lord took him out of his pain and struggles and pulled him into His loving arms. The shepherd found the lamb that was lost.
Garrett was saved at an early age. He understood all too well the enticement of the devil's wiles. He literally battled demons throughout his life.
But two things were true - he was saved and especially for that reason said, "I would never kill myself." So, if anyone wondered about that, it was not a suicide. He may have taken what would have been his "normal" amount, but after nine months sober, his body could not take that same amount.
He loved his little girl more than anything. She was the light of his life.
Garrett is survived by his daughter, Preslee Diann Reeves, mother, Karen Reeves, father, Terry Reeves, sister, Lacey Kerbo, and her husband Cory Kerbo, and his nieces Carsyn and Ady Kerbo, stepbrother, Cheston McElhaney and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many, many friends. He is probably fishing in Heaven with his stepfather, Chester McElhaney, and stepbrother, Curtis McElhaney, and Sparkle, Charlotte Bruner, until the day we are all together again.
To all the friends that are here today for Garrett or to support the family. We love and appreciate you so much. Your outpouring of love during this time has been so wonderful and your prayers have sustained us through this heartbreaking time.
We love you.