Stephen Daniel Reeves

May 31, 1992 - July 30, 2022
Stephen Daniel Reeves

Stephen Daniel Reeves, of Leland, North Carolina, passed away on July 30, 2022. Born on May 31, 1992 at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas, Stephen always considered himself a Texan and was a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He was a kind and caring person his entire life. He asked to learn to read at 4 ½ and took off from there. A few of his favorites were the Harry Potter series, all things JRR Tolkien, classics like Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, and Hunter S. Thompson books.

He loved music and brought home a trombone at 7-years-old for the school band. He continued to play the trombone through concert, jazz, and marching bands in high school, being a leader as Brass Captain and earning Second Chair placement for bass trombone for the state of Virginia at 16. He marched as a member of the University of Memphis Mighty Sound of the South in college on a full-ride academic scholarship. His love of music did not end there. He loved the joy-filled feeling electronic music gave him and the kind vibe of the people he met at festivals. He was recently writing and composing his own music and had a dream of making the festival experience more readily available to people and someday performing his music there as well.

He worked as General Manager of the Tropical Smoothie Café in Southport, NC. He took a café that was just getting along in a tough seasonal market and turned it into a profitable enterprise. He led the crew and built strong long-lasting relationships with local customers. He made it possible for our family to sell the café when we felt the time was right.

He is survived by his parents, Presley and Tammy Reeves of Leland, NC; sister, Ashley (Luke) Reeves Williams of Wilmington, NC; nephew, Cedric Reeves-Tate; niece, Aria Reeves Williams; grandfather, Jay Austin, of Harrison, AR; step-grandfather, Clint Paul, of Sacramento, CA; uncle, Brian (Jessica) Paul, of Antelope Valley; aunts, Diana (Danny) Boyungs, of Puyallup, WA; Cheryl (George) Bishop, of Hadley, MA; Suzanne Paul, of Sacramento, CA; and Julie (Dale) Ladd, of Berryville, AR; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Buddy and Shirley Reeves; grandmother, Judy Sturcke; step-grandmother, Janice Austin; and step-aunt, Lanette Brady.

In memory of Stephen’s love for Huskies, we request, in lieu of flowers, donations to Texas Husky Rescue at https://texashuskyrescue.org/donate/.

Viewing and commemoration will be held Monday, August 15, 2022, beginning at 1:00 PM, at Wilmington Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC with commemoration beginning at 2:00 PM. Burial will be private at Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N.15th Street, Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC28403 910.791.9099


Viewing and Commenoration

Monday, August 15, 2022
1:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • August 09, 2022
    Lori liner says:
    Stephen was an amazing individual, I was very lucky to have him as a manager. He taught me so much and became like family. Without him and his family I would have never found my career passion. I really looked up to stephen and I will never forget what an impact he made on me. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world stephen, you are sorely missed by so many.

  • August 09, 2022
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