Reeves Service Station owner celebrates last day after working 70 years

Published 11:32 am Friday, June 2, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Old timey pumps, friendly service and a family tradition of 77 and a half years enters retirement Friday. Keith Reeves said Friday was his last day in business as he plans to retire. He hopped quickly out of his post inside the station when this reporter pulled up and said hello with a smile like he had when he appeared in The Dart last summer. 

Located at the corner of Enterprise and North Second Street, Reeves Service Station was originally across Enterprise Street in 1945 when Keith’s father JP Reeves and Skeet Lewis went into business together. The current service station was built in 1953. 

Keith is a Brookhaven High School alumnus and studied accounting at Louisiana State University. In his semi-retired stage, Keith would fix flat tires, sell new tires, change oil and sell gas to customers. 

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In July, Keith told The Daily Leader he raises a herd of 34 Shetland Ponies in his spare time. 

Check back next week for a followup story with Keith and his buddy Slingshot the Cat about their plans in retirement. If you have a story about Keith or Reeves Service Station please pass them along to and for old time sakes, go say hello to Keith on his last day in business.