Life was far from boring
On August 17, 1953, Charles W. “Jack” Reeves earned his wings as a United States Air Force pilot at the age of 23. Later that evening he married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Jean Adams. They both grew up in Carthage and were headed for a life that would be far from boring. In 28 years of Air Force life, they moved 23 times.
While living in Bryan, Texas, Jack and Pat owned two cars and two airplanes and were making $424 a month. A farmer who lived out of town had an airport and a hanger he wasn’t using, so Jack rented it to house his planes. They called it “Reeves International.” The Air Force sent Jack to St. Louis for two weeks and Pat decided to visit in Carthage while he was gone.
Jack had left one of his planes in Marshall and Pat thought she would surprise Jack and take some flying lessons of her own. “I realized we were going to be flying as a family and I thought I needed to know how to get a plane down,” recalls Pat. "I soloed with 8 hours and 20 minutes and flew the plane back to Carthage.