Clyde E. Reeves Jr., age 87, of Bridgeport, WV, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born at Harrisville, WV on October 2, 1931, the only child of the late Clyde and Gaye (Bowyer) Reeves. He attended public school in Harrisville, graduating from Harrisville High School in 1950.
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Clyde began trombone lessons in elementary school under his mentor, C.C. Arms, and began marching in the high school band when he was in the fifth grade. He continued his music education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and graduated from WVU in 1955. His teaching career began in Parkersburg and continued in Newport and Belpre Ohio, Unidis (South Harrison) High School, and Salem College. He played with many dance bands through the years and enjoyed playing locally with Sam Bettini’s Dixieland Band at Green Acres.
Clyde began his business career as an independent insurance agent in 1962, and retired after 40 years of service. Life was an adventure to Clyde, and he pursued many interests. He and his Dad were model airplane enthusiasts, and he flew the models his Dad built. He became a member of the AMA in the 1940’s, and was presented with the first National AMA Award of Recognition in July 2016.
Because of his fascination with flight, he became a glider pilot and a member of Cumberland Soaring Group. On Sept. 11, 1993, he set the WV Distance Record in the 15 meter class in his Concept 70 glider, soaring from the Cumberland Airport in Wiley Ford, WV to Monterey, VA, and back, a distance of 187.58 miles.
He was also interested in photography and woodworking, and constructed several pieces of furniture and built his own 12-foot sailboat, naming her the “Little Miss Perfect.” Clyde was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clarksburg, and a member of the Clarksburg Exchange Club where he was a past president as well as holding other offices.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 64 years, Velma E. (Kerns) Reeves, whom he met in the WVU Concert Band and Orchestra; daughter, Sharon Reeves Cottrill and fiancé Sam Muncy; son, Philip E. Reeves; and grandchildren, Allison Kay Moore and Nicholas Reeves.
In addition to his parents Clyde was preceded in death by his stepfather, Wesley Phipps; his grandparents, Will and Sophia Reeves and Donald and Elizabeth Bowyer.
Clyde’s wishes for cremation will be honored and a Celebration of His Life will be held at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home 329 E. Main Street Clarksburg, WV on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 1 until 3pm at which time Memorial Services will be conducted with Pastor Greg Godwin presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Clyde’s memory to the Clarksburg Mission. Online condolences, www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Reeves Family during this time.