Farming Rural 13

Raymond Reeves

June 21, 1929 ~ November 8, 2020 (age 91)


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 parents, Sim and Sally Reeves of Memphis, Texas; siblings Carol Bell of Floydada; John Reeves of Canyon, Texas; and Robert Reeves of South Plains, Texas.  

Raymond graduated from Floydada High School in 1948.  Then he attended Texas Tech 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’s 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, growing wheat, cotton, sorghum, and raising cattle.  He and his dad, Sim Reeves, bought a ranch outside Memphis, Texas.  He was running his ranch up to his death.  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 friend.  In his business, he remained sharp to the end, a fountain of knowledge of range management and cattle breeding.  He held to the ethic of treating everyone fairly and never taking advantage.  


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