Thursday, November 8, 2007
Sam Reves receives 2007 Distinguished Service Award
The 2007 Distinguished Service Award goes to Samuel “Sport” Reves of Holly Springs, a 1957 graduate of Holmes.
Reves was a member of the 1955-56 championship basketball team coached by Gordon Carr. He was also a member of the 1956 state championship track team. He finished second in the 110 with a time of ten seconds and first in the 220 with a 23.5. Reves placed second in the high jump and first in the long jump with an 18.5.
Following Holmes, Reves joined the Navy, receiving Navy Wings of Gold as a jet fighter pilot in May, 1959. In 1960, he received Top Gun rating in F4D aircraft and a Presidential citation for helping stop China from taking Taiwan. Reves was a flight instructor 1961-1964, and wrote a textbook for aerodynamics. As a medical astronaut in 1965, he helped develop a device used to monitor respiration, pulse, temperature and blood pressure to be used in moon walking.
From August 1965 until August 1967 he served as a pilot during three tours of duty in Vietnam. Reves retired from the military in 1969.
He then worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and taught air traffic control. He received two awards for saving aircraft and lives. He retired from the public sector in 1986 and answered a call to full-time ministry.
Reves graduated from seminary in May, 1990, and became a volunteer chaplain in the Tennessee State Prison System. He was the recipient of a commendation from Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist for his work in the prison system. Following the stint in Tennessee, he served as senior chaplain at the Holly Springs prison until 1997, when his eyesight forced him to retire. During his tenure as a minister, he wrote numerous gospel songs and even recorded some.
Reves and his wife, Ruth Onita Jones Reeves, had three children --- Vicky Onita and Peggy Lee, both deceased and Samuel S. Reves, Jr., who is a commercial electrician.
The Reves have one grandchild, Samantha Marie Reves, 15.
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