Dr. T. Glen Reeves, 72, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, MS. A memorial service for Glen will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2012, at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Memories on the Mississippi State University campus. The Reverend Lynn Phillips-Gaines of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, MS, will officiate.
Glen was born on August 11, 1940, in Wellington, TX, and raised in the Shinnery Community near the Texas-Oklahoma state line. His parents, William Coker Reeves and Pearl Bulls Reeves, owned and operated a gas station and general merchandise store twelve miles east of Wellington. Glen enjoyed his early childhood in Shinnery with his sisters, Gay and Jerry.
Upon the closing of the school in Shinnery, Glen continued his education in the Wellington Schools, graduating in 1958. He was president of his senior class and president of the Student Council. During his high school years, he worked at White’s Auto and for D.C. Lacy & Sons wheat harvest crew.
After high school graduation, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education at West Texas State University in Canyon, TX, and his doctorate at East Texas State University in Commerce, TX. At East Texas, he was named the first Truax Scholar, awarded annually to the outstanding doctoral student in Counseling. While pursuing his doctorate, he was employed at East Texas as Director of Student Financial Aid.
Glen began his teaching career as Assistant Professor of Counseling at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, in 1968, remaining there for thirty years and retiring as Professor Emeritus and Clinical Director of the Counseling and School Psychology Laboratory. He was a Licensed Professional Counselor and was appointed by the Governor to the State of Mississippi Licensure Board for Professional Counselors, serving a three-year term as Chair.
Glen took a year’s leave from teaching to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a truck driver. He graduated from the Commercial Truck Driving Program at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew, MS, in the fall of 1979 and drove an 18-wheeler until returning to the classroom in the fall of 1980.
After retiring from MSU, Glen enjoyed a part-time job with Hi-Gain, a division of MFJ Enterprises in Starkville, MS, where he worked from 2000 until 2009.
Former students attest to the profound impact Glen has had on their personal and professional lives and many became lifelong friends who loved, admired, and respected him. He was a master at teaching people to communicate in positive ways and to examine their own feelings. Glen was known as fun loving and a great story teller with a gentle spirit and kind words for all. He was a modern day Renaissance man, able to drive an 18-wheeler, counsel persons in distress, fix a tractor, tend a garden, and engage in scholarly discourse. He loved the challenge of a difficult crossword puzzle, reading nonfiction, and learning something new.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Pearl Reeves; son, Lynn Reeves; and two brothers-in-law, Bob McAlister and Ed Dempsey.
Glen is survived by his wife, Gloria Howell Reeves of Starkville, MS; daughter, Rhea Ann Reeves Pace of Starkville; grandson, Michael Pace of Starkville; granddaughter, Chelsea Pace of Starkville; great grandson, Jayceon Yarbrough, born on April 11, 2013; former wife and mother of his children, Carolyn Reeves Kazelskis, and her husband, Richard Kazelskis, of Hattiesburg, MS; sisters, Gay Reeves McAlister of Wellington, TX, and Jerry Reeves Dempsey of Odessa, TX; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Mary Golde Howell, of Jackson, MS; nephew and nieces, Billy McAlister of San Antonio, TX, Patti McAlister Williams of Stephenville, TX, Shelley Dempsey Dash of Odessa, TX, Susan Dempsey Hendrix of Midland, TX, Melanie Howell Leonard of Jackson, MS, and Shelley Howell Crunk of Ridgeland, MS; and dearest friends, Jim Bowman of Greeley, CO, and Adele Crudden, Curt Alford and their daughter Abby of Starkville.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Glen may be made to the charity of your choice.
You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.welchfuneralhomes.com .