Thursday, May 01, 2008

OBT: Jim Reid

James A. “Jim” Reid

KERRVILLE — James A. “Jim” Reid, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, coach and friend, 70, of Kerrville, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday, April 25, 2008, at his residence.

Jim was born July 15, 1937, in Amarillo, Texas, to Percy and Cora Lee Reid.

He graduated in the first class of Palo Duro High School, where his basketball odyssey began with a state championship team in 1956. He attended West Texas State University on a basketball scholarship and was the Commander of the Corps of Cadets for the WTSU ROTC. This is where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Carolyn Baer; they graduated and married in 1960. He then completed his military service at Fort Benning, Ga.

He then served for 27 years as an educator/coach in the following school districts: Perryton, Kerrville, Dumas, Ingram, McMullen Co., Center Point and Schreiner College. He also worked in the private business sector as vice president of Dumas Implement Co. 1971-78.

Throughout his life, he touched countless lives. His accomplishments and honors are a reflection of his love and passion he shared with everyone who knew him.

Teams under his direction won more than 400 games, including four state championships (1969,
’70, ’71 and ’90). He also led the McMullen Co. Volleyball team to be the 1992 state champion runner up. He received many awards including: TABC All Star coach 1993, Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame 1996, Amarillo Globe News 100 best sports legends of the 20th century, Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame 2002, Palo Duro High School Hall of Fame 2006, Tivy High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2007.

His church and civic services included: Deacon and Sunday school teacher of several Baptist churches; Lions Club, Dumas, Texas; Director of Dumas Chamber of Commerce; YMCA board; First National Bank Board of directors, Dumas. He also served on the Dumas ISD school board. He was awarded the Lamar Award of Excellence for Personal Achievement in 1990.

He was instrumental in establishing the Friends and Faculty Scholarship of Ingram and the Tom Gilley Scholarship fund of Palo Duro High School.

Jim was a member of First Baptist Church in Kerrville. He graciously served his Lord by chauffeuring and pastoring for Plaza by the River. He began the Upward Basketball program at First Baptist Church in Kerrville, and witnessed to countless men through the Bill Glass Prison Ministry and the Kerr County Jail Ministry.

Jim was from a family of seven children. He was preceded in death by his three sisters: Helen Joyce, Billy and Betty, and his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of Kerrville; his children, Gari Lord and husband, Murray, of Liberty Hill, Texas, Kelly Witte of Dumas, Texas, and James Franklin Reid and wife, Brooke, of Pflugerville, Texas; and three brothers, Percy E. Reid of Amarillo, Texas, the Rev. Robert Reid of Wichita, Kan., and Clifton Reid of Amarillo. Five grandchildren, Blair and Zach Lord of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Jace, Sydney and Cort Reid of Pflugerville, Texas, also survive.

Family visitation will be at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville, Texas, Friday, May 2, 2008, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services for Jim “Coach” Reid will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the Cailloux Theater at 910 Main St., Kerrville, Texas, officiated by the Rev. Robert “Bob” Reid. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery on Texas 16.

Pallbearers are Gene Arrington, Robert Echols, Robert Hover, Paul Hyatt, Don Whittenberg, Sonny Hughes and Charlie Summers, all classmates at Palo Duro High School.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jim Reid scholarship fund at Wells Fargo, Ingram, Texas.

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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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