Raymond Reeves was born on June 21, 1929 and died on November 8, 2020 of complications of COVID. He was 91.
He was the beloved father of three children, daughter, Cindy Reeves and husband, Paul Wanamaker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughter, Carol Reeves and husband, Gregory P. Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana, and son, David Reeves and husband, Joseph Ramirez of Fort Worth, Texas. He was a wonderful granddad to Marta Lutrick and her husband, Beto Comas of Barranquilla, Colombia, Truman Reevesmith of Indianapolis and Leah Wanamaker of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had one great-grandson, Agustin Lutrick Comas of Barranquilla, Colombia.
He was preceded in death by his son, Monte Ray Reeves, his parents, Sim and Sally Reeves of Memphis, Texas and his siblings, Carol Bell of Floydada, John Reeves of Canyon, and Robert Reeves of South Plains, Texas.
Raymond graduated from Floydada High School in 1948. Then he attended Texas Tech University where he was a member the American Society of Range Management and a member of a nationally recognized crop judging team. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy in 1951. While at Texas Tech, Raymond worked at the college dairy where he realized he would never aspire to be a dairyman.
In 1952, Raymond began his long and successful farming and ranching career in Floyd and Briscoe Counties. He took out his first loan with the Production Credit Association, now Ag Texas, (he just paid off his last) to lease land and put in his first wheat crop.
For some years, he and his dad, Sim Reeves, were partners, buying land, putting in irrigation wells and building a successful operation. In 1960, they bought a ranch near Memphis, Texas. At the time of his death, Raymond was still running his ranch.
In 1953, Raymond married Faye Ruth Bingham from Silverton and settled near South Plains. He was drafted into the Army in 1954. During basic training in El Paso, Raymond and Faye had a baby boy, Monte Ray Reeves, who died of pneumonia in the Fort Bliss base hospital.
An Army Corporal, Raymond was stationed in New York City and served as a technician whose job was to maintain the generators furnishing power to the Niki Missiles on Rockaway Beach.
In New York City, he and Faye discovered a wonderful exotic food: pizza. After they returned to South Plains, they asked Mr. Upton to order Apian Way Pizza mix so they could make their own.
Raymond was known by all as a character. He was a great story-teller who had an endless supply collected from his colorful life. You could not spend time around him without laughing. He once said collecting stories to share is one of the great joys in life.
Raymond was a loving and generous father and granddad. He taught his children the value of hard work, honesty, and doing right by all and never taking advantage. He also taught them to enjoy life.
A service will be arranged for a later date.