Dr. John Purcell Reeves left this earth Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
John was born in Sugdan, Oklahoma on February 24, 1925, the middle child to his parents, Mamie Purcell Reeves and William Wyatt Reeves. He immediately enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. After the war Dr. Reeves attended the University of Texas and upon graduation in 1951 was accepted for study into the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from UTMB with a MD degree in June 1955 and then served one-year rotating internship in General Medicine at Pierce County Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. Reeves arrived in Texas City in July of 1956, associated with the late Dr. Henry Schmidt and pursued the practice of general medicine as well as surgery in Texas City for the ensuing 50 years. During his tenure of service to the community he had the privilege of serving on the staff of both Mainland Hospital and the now defunct Danforth Hospital where he was honored to serve for 1 year as a Chief of Staff at both institutions. He was staff member at Mainland for 49 years.
Dr. Reeves conducted a private medical practice for 37 years and for at least 13 years of his active medical practice he was a staff physician at the Mall Clinic operated by UTMB.
Dr. Reeves married the late Francis Marie Maher in 1955. Their union produced three children, Stephanie Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, Diedra Kerr of Austin, Texas, and William Wyatt III who is now deceased. After 37 years of marriage, Francis passed away suffering from multiple illness. Dr. Reeves then married his long-time friend and employee of 18 years Kay Arlene Transier Ivy.
Preceding him in death was also his brother, William Wyatt Reeves II, and his sister Margurite Irene Smith of Hilton Head Island of South Carolina.
Dr. Reeves enjoyed various interests in life; a sailor, a doctor of medicine, an aviator, a rancher, a hunter of wild game, a poet, a designated examiner for the FAA, a teacher of medical students, and after retiring a student of Spanish.
For most part of his career he was privileged to mentor as a preceptor of third year medical students in their community practicing rotation. Twice, first in 1999, and again in 2006 The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas honored him with teacher of distinction (top doc) award.
Dr. Reeves, on two different occasions as an interim Galveston County Health Officer and during his second tenure was practically instrumental in obtaining a grant for the health services known as the Four C’s Clinics. Dr. Reeves retired from active medical practice at the age of eighty.
Dr. Reeves leaves behind his beloved wife, Kay; his aforementioned children and his grandchildren David Johnson, Sean Johnson, Carrie Johnson, Kelley Kerr, Amanda Kerr and Darby Kerr.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2018 with a visitation from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City, Texas.
Special thanks to the Hospice Care Team Christine, Amanda and Pam.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association of America or American Cancer Society.
I was an athletic trainer at Blocker and TCH from '66-'70 while Dr Reeves was the team physician. He led me from not knowing what a trainer was to a lifelong love of medicine. He always assumed I was going to medical school, even when I was not so sure. I've been a pediatrician in the same small town for 36yrs now, and I owe a great debt to his inspiration. Rest in Peace, Dr Reeves....you can let The Great Physician take over now.
Dr Ken BakerBrenham, TX
Dr Reeves Was a wonderful Dr ..He was our family Dr' He was straight up'There are so many things I could say about Dr Reeves .. Going to miss taking him his homemade chocolate chip cookies every Christmas Eve it was a joy to be able to talk to him for a for a little while.. something about Dr Reeves if you had a concern be had a way of making it less a concern...He delivered to My Sons.. our family loves dr. Reese and we will miss him and we love Kay too ... Brenda Gregorck
Brenda GregorcykTexas City, TX
My sincerest condolences to the family. Dr. Reeves was my parent's physician when he first started his practice in T.C. My Dad would provide mechanic services in exchange for medical services for our family. He was instrumental in helping my parents adopt both me and my brother, Roy. I remember many childhood visits to his office on 6th street. I had to have my tonsils removed at age 6 and to my surprise, he had pierced my ears while I was under anesthesia. He was much more concerned with how my ears were doing than with my very sore throat. Such an amazing man.
A perfect example of a life well lived. I pray you are at peace in the arms of your heavenly Father.
Susan M GarciaALVIN, TX
Dr. Reeves was my doctor as a child well into my adult years. He is surely one of kind and will be greatly missed! RIH Doc.
Robert BellowTexas City, TX
J.P. Reeves, what a great man and doctor. Many times he asked me "when are you going to stop making me sew you up" or exclaim " you are just too **** healthy, I can't do anything for you". He delivered several of my siblings, did surgery on my mother and always had humor in his bedside manner. When he built his own motor home from a bus(1971?), I delivered and helped unload the generator for it. I will always hold his friendship dear.
Mark A CrenshawSugar Land, TX
Dr. Reeves was my family’s doctor for 3 generations. We trusted and valued his opinion personally where he would give my daughter life advice while she was attending college and medically he was there for the patient making sure they were taken care of and aware of what was going on. I appreciated his no nonsense approach to life and his big personality. So sorry for your loss, Kay.
Bobbi BlakelyDickinson, TX
Great Great Man I had the privilege to grow up 30+ years next door to the Reeves family. Texas City has lost the last doctor of the era when physicians were your doctor, friend, neighbor, confidante.Dr. Reeves touched thousands of lives and each has a story. EPIC. A true Texas Gentleman. you will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reeves family. With deepest sympathy. Dr. Carl J Fuchs Jr. and family
carl fuchs jrtexas city, TX
JP Reeves, the legend, the icon. I will never forget him. He was a great physician who cared about his patients. He was from a different era but adapted to every generation. I remember he would make rounds and when he got to the nurses station to chart, he would say, "you're not gonna let a man stand around here dry mouthed, are you?" that was his request for coffee which I was always happy to get for him. Just him, because of who he was. Not just to me, but to his patients. I had the privilege of working with him from the 80's on, at Danforth as well as Mainland. What you see, was what you got. He was an amazing doctor, but so much more than that, he was an amazing man. I will so totally miss him. The video memorial seemed to capture his essence. What a man, what a legend, what an icon. He leaves an amazing legacy. My condolences to the family.
Donna OrtizTEXAS CITY, TX
Great, Great Man. You will be missed. I had the privilege of growing up next door 30+ years. One of the finest men i have known. Last of the total care doctor/friend/ neighbor, adviser, health provider.The stories of peoples lives he touched are in the thousands. They are EPIC .I submit this with the utmost respect and deepest Sympathy. To all the Reeves Family. Dr. Carl J Fuchs Jr. and family
Carl J Fuchs Jrtexas city, TX
John Reeves was our neighbor for at least 20 years. He and Kay moved in several years after we built our home. He was a great neighbor and will be sadly missed.
Ken and Mary Ann FrancisTexas City, TX
Dr Reeves was my doctor and my mother's also. He will be greatly missed. RIP
Paul MobleyTexas City, TX
Though not my physician, I got to know Dr. Reeves because of his involvement at various activities at TCHS. He had a colorful vocabularly, which I found both scary and amusing as a high school student. He was tough, but a pillar of the community for many, many years. Godspeed to the family.
Gary SpeckOxford, OH
What a great man! My doctor until I went to college.
Donna Holloway RichardsonChappell Hill, TX
My mother worked side by side with Dr Reeves for over 25 yrs. He and Dr Schmidt took care of so many families. He was never afraid to tell you what you did not want to hear, but you knew he was right. My thoughts are with his family and know he is free at last. Prayers and hugs.
Nora Saunders BessireLamarque, TX
I'm sad to hear this news.
Doctor Reeves had been my doctor up till he retired.
He was a straight foward man,he told you the medical fact and never minced words. I always appreciated that. He will be missed.
James ColwellTexas City, TX
RIP Dr. John Reeves
You were a great doctor and family friend to my entire family.
Burnett, Mark, Terry and Elen Baker
Burnett BakerLouisville, KY
John Reeves was our family doctor for most of my life. My mother managed his clinic for many years and our entire family considered him our physician and dear friend. I respected him as my doctor and enjoyed sharing hunting stories. I liked his no nonsense way of explaining a patient's condition, and how to proceed with the treatment. He was a good physician and friend. I, as well as my family will miss him. Our prayers are with his family.
Roland CastanieDripping Springs, TX
Dr Reeves was my Dr for many years growing up. He got me patched up after a kid hit me head on in front of the Tradewinds theater in TC. Spent many days in Danforth Hospital.
Good Man, good Dr.
Condolences to his Family and Friends.
John FollettMagnolia, TX
Dr. Reeves donated many years as team doctor to the Texas City Stingaree football team. He was also the family doctor to my husband and mother in law, Adele. He was always available for Adele and treated both her and my husband like family. He was a great doctor and friend to many. RIP doc.
Diane Johnson McKayTexas City, TX
Dr Reeves was our family Dr for as long as I can remember. I also had the pleasure of working for him and with Kay for a time. I loved his quick wit and straight shooting personality .He was very well loved by 3 generations of my family! RIP Dr. Reeves and my sincere sympathy to my sweet friend Kay .
Terri Ray CorbettFriendswood, TX
Dr, neighbor, family friend. A tough caring man. God Bless Stephanie and Deedee.
Reggie BarnettFriendswood, TX
Dr, neighbor family friend, Dr Reeves was all three to my family. He was tough but caring man. GOD BLESS his family.
Reggie BarnettFriendswood, TX
Love & Prayers, Jean & Les Summerville & family
Jean SummervilleTexas City, TX
Mr Reeves was a wonderful doctor to our family for many years. A kind man and one that served our country, may he rest in peace. He will be missed.
Ken SummervilleLas Vegas, NV
He was a great person,doctor and friend.We have an abundance of wonderful memories we hold dear. May God bless and keep you within His loving care, and may it help you just to know that He is always there.
Bob & Charlene MerrymanJacksonville, TX
John was neighbor,friend and doctor to my husband Harold and myself. He will be missed.
Jannette FletcherTyler, TX
Dr. Reeves performed 2 different surgeries on me as a child. He was a real friend of the family. R.I.P. Doc.
Bobby MerrymanAlvin, TX
I am sorry for his loss. He is in Many Memories of my childhood. He was Our family Dr. My Grandparents, parents and myself.(Brashear's, Doty's) Kay I remember you with fondness, as well. I remember him smoking in office with nurse Nora. His straight shooting, matter of fact bedside manner. The here's a shot ,feel better. He was more like a family friend than a Dr. My condolences to his family .
Dana RichmondKingwood, TX
Dr. Reeves was one of the finest men I ever met and a fine surgeon.
Craig HallGranbury, TX
Bob & Charlene Merryman, TX
I had the great privilege of being his nurse for the last several years of his career. I loved him dearly. He was one of a kind. Will always love and treasure the memories. RIP Doc
Mary DeeseTexas City, TX
Rest In Peace my friend. It was a pleasure working with you at Mainland Center where you taught me so very much. Years later it was my honor to recruit you to UTMB. The medical students loved coming to Dr. Reeves clinic. They were taught the art of medicine and actually touching each patient. He was not a fan of the computer however. Dr. Reeves loved and appreciated every nurse he met especially if you brought him a cup of coffee.
Doris Larsen, RN, retiredFriendswood, TX
John was our friend and neighbor for many years. He was also a fellow physician along with my husband. We enjoyed many years of friendship and counted him as a true asset to the medical profession. Many patients were blessed to have had him as their physician. Our community was well served with his many contributions. My love to his family as you walk this difficult path.
Sally StiernbergAustin, TX
Dr. Reeves delivered me to this earth at Danforth in Texas City in March 1963. He was a great family friend and him and my dad hunted together on more than one occasion in Montana. Wish i could have located you when i was living in Galveston. RIP Dr. Reeves
Glen MerrymanAugusta, GA