The world was blessed with the birth of Reuben Benjamin Wesley on July 19, 1933 to Dora and Lonnie B. Wesley in Marshall, Texas. He was preceded in death by parents, his first-born son, Reuben Benjamin Wesley II, brother Henry, and sister Evelyn.
Reuben was married to the soft spoken and beautiful Shirley Mae Wesley for 62 years. Within this union were born two more children; daughters Jackie and Terri. He had four grandchildren Shanika, Larry, Rahshied, and Terrance, two great grandchildren Cedreon and Ameesha, and one great-great grandson Zion. Included within this union are Don (Terri) son-in-law, Rodney (Jackie) son-in-law, and Deanna (Rahshied) grand daughter-in-law. He is also survived by his eldest sister Florence Ann and brothers Patrick and Thomas.
Reuben was a generous and loving son, husband, father and friend; he knew no stranger. When you encountered him, it was with a smile, handshake and a joke, if you knew him well. He taught both his family the value of honesty, hard work, and to be kind to everyone you met. He would say, “ You never know how kindness and a smile can lift someone up”.
Reuben was baptized and born again as a member of Wheatley Heights Baptist Church. He was an alumnus of Phyllis Wheatley High School and attended St. Phillips College where he studied to be a tailor. For 37 years Reuben worked for San Antonio Transit System (VIA). He was the first black bus driver and first black supervisor for VIA and for the city of San Antonio. After retiring he was extremely active within the community. His pride and joy was gardening and cultivating vegetables throughout every season. His greatest Love was his wife Shirley and his greatest accomplishment was ensuring his family felt supported and adored.