Carlton Ray Reeves

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Herald Democrat

Carlton Ray Reeves was born on June 16, 1931 in Cartwright, Oklahoma, to Ira Fulton Sr. and Eula Lee (Willeford) Reeves. Mr. Reeves passed away on July 7, 2020 at Texoma Medical Center after a lengthy illness at the age of 89.

C.R. or Sonny as he was called was of humble origins and beginnings. He worked his way up in life from working in an apple orchard in Washington State starting in 1949. He worked as a builder in 1957 and later became a developer and investor in real estate. He became a Christian in 1958 and was a member and deacon of Platter Baptist Church for 60 years and a 32nd degree Mason of 50-plus years. He was a man that always saw the good in people and would always help a stranger in need.

Sonny leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Jimmie Faye (Fisher) Reeves; sons Steve Reeves and Barry Reeves and daughter-in-law Charlotte; brother Jimmy Reeves; sister Ina Simmons and husband Hal; granddaughter that he raised Courtney Reeves-Monroe and husband Jeff; granddaughter Jennifer Cavender and husband Todd; and grandson Ben Reeves; great-grandchildren Lydia Parson, Will Brister, Laney Cavender, Carter Reeves and Crosby Reeves; and great-great-grandchild, Grayson Brister.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Eula Reeves, and siblings Howard, Vernon, Hoss and Maurice Reeves and Virgie Reynolds and Nancy Nix.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 10, 2020 at Platter Baptist Church. Pastor Donald Ford will officiate. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memory Cemetery with Ben Reeves, Carter Reeves, Will Brister, Tod Cavender, P.J. Jones and Todd Greenway serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home July 9 from 6-8 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Brown’s Durant Funeral and Cremation Service.