The Reverend Frank B. Reeves
The Rev. Frank Bryan Reeves passed into eternal life at his home in Roanoke, TX on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. He wasbornMay26, 1942, the second son of Virginia and Hume Reeves. He was preceded in death by his infant brother Donald and his brother, TheRev.H.W. “Skip” Reeves, Jr. Frank was baptized as an infant at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. While Frank was still very young, his dad helped found St. Luke in the Meadow Episcopal Church in Fort Worth and designed their original building. It was his last architectural work before he entered the seminary at Sewanee, Tennessee. It was in Sewanee, as a child, that Frank began his love affair with the mountains and forests. After returning to Texas, Frank was confirmed at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas. His family was later to move several times before settling in Bryan, Texas where Frank attended high school. Upon graduation from high school, Frank briefly attended Texas A&M before joining the U.S. Navy. After completing boot camp, Frank was selected for the Naval Aviation Cadet program. He was transferred to Pensacola, Florida for training to become a naval officer and pilot. There he met the love of his life, Susan, and they soon became engaged. Susan and Frank were married April 25, 1964 in an Episcopal ceremony conducted by his father, The Rev. Hume W. Reeves, in the family home in Bryan, Texas. As a Navy officer and pilot, Frank flew helicopters for the Pacific Missile Range Facility, recovering satellites and missiles until he was called upon to serve as a helicopter rescue pilot during the early part of the Viet Nam War. During 1965-1966, he flew rescue missions from the Attack Carrier Hancock. Frank had to be rescued himself when, during a night mission, his helicopter lost its engine and he crashed at sea. Non-crash related surgical complications kept Frank in and around hospitals for all of 1967.
In 1968, Susan and Frank had their first of two daughters, Christine. That same year Frank left the Navy and returned to Texas A&M. In 1970, Deborah, their second daughter, was born and Frank received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. In 1971, he received his Master of Science degree. Frank attended North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, as a clinical doctorate candidate during 1971-1972. He had taught undergraduate psychology classes at Texas A&M and continued to teach them at UNT. Susan and Frank then moved to Pensacola, Florida where Frank was hired as an outpatient counselor for the alcohol division of the Escambia Mental Health Center. During this time, he began pursuing training as a therapist specializing in the treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions and Alcohol Counseling. In August of 1973 the family moved to Fort Worth where Frank began serving as an associate school psychologist for the Fort Worth Independent School District and as a therapist at the Center for Counseling and Developmental Services. In 1974 Susan was baptized and confirmed at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Frank reaffirmed his faith at that time and began a journey toward priesthood in response to God’s call upon him. In 1980, following five years of study, Frank received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Anglican School of Theology at the University of Dallas. On June 28, 1980, Bishop A. Donald Davies ordained Frank as a Deacon. Frank then spent the next year on staff at Christ the King parish in Fort Worth. In 1981 he joined the staff of St. Christopher Fort Worth, where he was ordained Priest by Bishop Robert E. Terwilliger. In 1985 Frank was called to serve as Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Southlake, Texas. In 1989 St. Martin’s became a parish and Frank was Instituted as the first Rector. After serving for 22 years, he retired in August of 2007.
Frank studied regularly at the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. He has been certified as a Fellow at the College of Preachers, having completed their core curriculum. Father Reeves was selected to participate in the Canterbury Course in England and given the opportunity to study at Canterbury Cathedral with an international group of women and men from 13 countries around the Anglican Communion.
For recreation, Frank and Susan enjoyed many road trips with their daughters over the years and many more road trip adventures after Chrissy and Debbie were grown and away from the family home. Viewing mountains and other geologic formations was a favorite destination for these trips. He enjoyed yard work and kept multiple indoor plants and African violets in beautiful condition at all times. He enjoyed keeping the bird feeders filled and watching birds of many varieties come to enjoy the Reeves Bird Buffet. After retiring he continued to serve congregations in need of supply priests until his illness prevented him from continuing that ministry. Over these years, he served as shepherding clergy at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Granbury, TX conducting Sunday services for 6 years and at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in their location on Harwood in Hurst, TX. doing the same for a number of years. He also served as supply clergy for several congregations throughout the then Diocese of Ft. Worth and the Diocese of Dallas. Frank took up golf when he retired from St. Martin’s and spent many happy years playing with good friends at courses all over the metroplex, in Colorado and in New Mexico. He and Susan continued their love of traveling and visited every state in the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, The Virgin Isles, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Great Britain, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, China and Switzerland and have special fondness for their time in Pagosa, Colorado with good friends.
Frank was the most loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and faithful parish priest in this earthly life and his presence among us will be dearly missed until we are all reunited once again in eternal life where he dwells now with the angels, archangels and all the company of Heaven.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Susan, of 58 years and his beloved family including daughters Christine Hubbard and husband Kory, and Deborah Reeves; his grandchildren Wyndham Hubbard and wife Vera, Ethan Hubbard and wife Adriana, and Julian Reeves Cordi; his great grandchildren Dahlia Hubbard, Malcolm Hubbard, and Lachlan Hubbard; his sisters Terry Geyer and husband Jack and Patricia Maddox and husband John; his nephews Jonathan Jarvis, Kelly Geyer and Patrick Reeves; his nieces Suzi Almaguer, Shelly Weaver, Suzanne Blackaby, Christine Johnson and Jennifer Beach and his sister-in-law Stephanie Reeves.