On August 11th, 2007, Gentleman Jim Reeves was inducted into the Walk of Stars in Shreveport's Red River District. Early in his career Jim was an announcer for the Louisiana Hayride. In its heyday The Hayride was rivaled only by the Grand Ole Opry as a vessel for launching country music careers and entertaining literally thousands by radio. Jim's first number one hit, Mexican Joe,was launched from The Hayride. Many fans and friends had a great time on this day honoring Jim. Although he has been gone 40 plus years, Jim continues with a legacy as one of country music's greatest and is without a doubt its greatest voice. His smooth velvet voice is still heard all over the world. Thanks to the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the Walk of Stars Committee and Debra Wayt for making this become a reality. And thanks to all Jim's fans. You are what Jim was all about.
Neva Reeves (left forefront in pink), nephews Joe Lynn Reeves and John
Rex Reeves (middle) and Debra Wayt of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
(on the right in the black and white dress) and Jerry Hanszen of KGAS radio
in Carthage ( in the blue shirt on the extreme right) visit and make early
preparation for the afternoon's festivities.
John Rex was pleased to be selected by the Walk of Stars Committee to
accept the star on behalf of the Reeves family. You may read his speech
at the end of the pictures.
Nephew Bill McNeese (extreme left) and niece Lani Arnold (extreme right)
look on with fans as nephews Joe Max Reeves and John Rex Reeves unveil
The Chamber of Commerce and Debra Wayt presented each immediate family
member with a plaque commemorating the event. From Left: Bill McNeese,
Lani Arnold, Joe Lynn Reeves, Joe Max Reeves, John Rex Reeves, Symantha
Reeves Pearson, Joann Watson.