Homer L.

Reeves MD

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Homer L. Reeves MD

Jan 30 1931 - Nov 18 2009

After a dedicated career as a physician spanning half a century, Dr. Homer Lee Reeves departed this life to join his Great Physician on November 18, 2009, following a valiant struggle with ALS. Dr. Reeves was born January 30, 1931, to the late Eldon Reeves and Lois Elizabeth Wilcox Reeves in Fate, Rockwall County, Texas. He attended school in McKinney ISD until his family moved to Princeton, where he graduated from Princeton High School in 1948. Following his graduation, Dr. Reeves worked for Kraft Foods in Garland, Texas. When his country required his service during the Korean conflict, Dr. Reeves proudly enlisted in the US Air Force, serving as an airplane and engine mechanic from April, 1951 until December, 1952. Upon his honorable discharge, he enrolled in Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, as a ministerial student. He ultimately changed his career path to medicine and finished his undergraduate studies in three years, receiving his diploma in 1957. Dr. Reeves attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, graduating in 1960. He followed his medical studies with a one-year internship at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Charlie Wysong hired him directly out of his internship in 1961, and Dr. Reeves returned to McKinney, where he attended patients at the Wysong Clinic and Hospital until 1962. Dr. Reeves moved to Dallas in 1962 and became a partner in the family practice group of Lakewood Medical Center, and a member of the staff of Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, where he remained until 1974. During his tenure there, Dr. Reeves was instrumental in forming the first full-time emergency room at Baylor, known as Emcare. In 1976, he again served a commission in the Air Force, as flight surgeon at March Air Force Base, California until his discharge in February, 1978. In October, 1977 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, board certified in the area of family practice, a certification he maintained throughout his medical career. Dr. Reeves has been a lifetime member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the Texas Academy of Family Practice. After his discharge from the Air Force Dr. Reeves served on the staff at Medical Center of Dallas as a partner in the firm of North Texas Family Practice until December 1985 when he moved his family practice to McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Sue, were active members of their church and many civic and service organizations in the city. During the next quarter century, Dr. Reeves helped to grow the city of McKinney and Collin County by serving in a number of pivotal roles on boards and commissions, including the airport board, child welfare board, McKinney community concert, drug taskforce, and many others. In addition to his service to his county and city, Dr. Reeves began a family practice, and worked as a staff physician of the McKinney Job Corps and Minrith-Meier Clinic. In 1988, he became full time director of the emergency department at the Wysong Hospital and served in that capacity until its closure in 1990. Following the closure of the hospital, Dr. Reeves began serving part-time as medical director of Collin County Healthcare until the county made that a full-time position. He served as the county’s first full-time medical director until his retirement in December 2002. During his employment with Collin County, the Homeland Security department of Collin County was created and Dr. Reeves wrote the Homeland Security Manual and Protocol for Collin County. After his retirement, Dr. Reeves continued his service in his chosen career under contract by the Social Security Administration at the North Dallas Office of Hearings and Appeals where he served as medical expert reviewing disability cases and testifying in appeals hearings until June, 2008, when he retired because of his failing health. Dr. Reeves is survived by his loving wife, Sue of Fairview, Texas; children, Susan Bryant of Lewisville, Texas and Jeff Reeves of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother, Albert Reeves and his wife, Betty of Sulphur Springs, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; godchildren, Tanya Mounger, Casey Mounger, Glynn Mosier, Jr., and Christopher Mosier; his “adopted” family, Paul and Melanie Raleeh and grandson, Beau. The family wishes to express their extreme gratitude for the excellent care and concern by Dr. Reeves’ medical providers: Dr. Taysir Jarrah and staff; Dr. Gregory Foster and staff; and Dr. Y. Harati and staff of Neuromuscular Diseases Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in McKinney with Rev. Tommy Brumett and Dr. Jim Palmer officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, McKinney, Texas or the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, P.O. Box 8231, Galveston, Texas 77553-9925, www.utmb.edu.
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