It wasn't just Howard Reeves walking a police beat that kept Augusta a safer place. His involvement in the lives of hundreds of teenagers through his efforts as a baseball, football and basketball coach made a huge impact.
"He saved many a teenager from going to jail," said Freddie Lott, chief of the Augusta Police Department from 1986 to 1991.
Mr. Reeves, also known as Sarge, died Monday at his home after an extended illness. He was 71.
Mr. Lott remembers his first night on the police force in 1964.
"They put me on my first night to walk with Howard," he said.
Mr. Reeves had been on the force for six years. They covered Reynolds, Broad, Greene and Ellis streets in downtown Augusta from Fifth to 13th streets, checking doors and watching people.
Over the years, their paths crossed numerous times. Mr. Reeves spent 38 years on the police force. When Mr. Lott served as police chief, Mr. Reeves worked in community relations -- speaking to civic, school and church groups.
"He was real nice. The community of Augusta liked him; young children liked him," he said.
He spent more than 25 years coaching for the Richmond County Recreation Department.
Gary Kendrick was on several of his teams in the 1970s. He was most impressed by the concern Mr. Reeves showed for his players off the field.
Mr. Kendrick's parents worked when practices were held. Mr. Reeves would pick him and others up for practice and take them home later.
"He made a lot of us better people," Mr. Kendrick said.
Funeral services for Mr. Reeves will be at 1 p.m. today at Grace Fellowship of Augusta, 1735 Sibley Road.