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Jamie Epperson, D.D.S., 54, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Wichita Falls.
Jamie was born in Amarillo on November 26, 1968, to Don and LaVon Reeve. She married the love of her life, Casey Epperson on August 21, 2000, at Lake Tahoe, California. She was a devoted wife, a loving and caring mother, a dedicated dentist, a servant to the community, and a steadfast friend to many.
Jamie Epperson graduated Salutatorian from Lamesa High School. She decided that she wanted to become a dentist in high school, after working for one in her hometown. She graduated with honors from West Texas State University in 1991. While at WTSU, Jamie was active in several student organizations including Beta Beta Beta Fraternity, Residence Hall Association, WTSU Student Foundation, Shirley Hall Council, Campus Services, and Mortar Board. She was elected Homecoming Queen in 1990.
Jamie soon began her studies at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio School of Dentistry where she graduated with honors. She was an active member of the American Student Dental Association, Texas Association of Women Dentists, Student Research Group, International Association of Dental Research, and Xsi Psi Phi Fraternity. Jamie received the ADA Certificate of Merit for International Service for traveling as a part of a dental team to Guatemala to provide dental care to the Quiche Indian population, and received awards for excellence in clinical dentistry and excellence and promise in oral diagnosis.
After graduating from dental school, Jamie said, “Graham was my first choice when I was deciding where I wanted to practice. When I was younger, I and my family used to come to Possum Kingdom a lot – almost every summer, and I loved it. I have always thought that Graham was such a friendly, pretty town. And after being in San Antonio, I was ready to get out of the big city and come to a smaller community.” In July 1995, she came to Graham and joined Dr. David Scott at the Austin Road Dental Clinic. In 2000, Jamie Epperson bought the practice and in 2007, opened Twelve Oaks Dental Clinic in Graham.
Jamie had her dental practice in Graham, Texas for 28 years. She was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ. She spent her life serving others, never thinking of herself, always looking for ways to share random acts of kindness. Jamie participated in Dental Mission Trips to Guatemala, Haiti, and Ecuador. In 2013, created a running club for Woodland Elementary called “Run For God” to encourage kids to eat healthy and exercise.
Jamie was not an athlete in her youth but grew to love running later for the peace and sense of achievement it gave her, and the camaraderie of running with friends. She ran 5Ks, half-marathons, and even one marathon. Jamie felt that there was bound to be a way to make the running experience more meaningful. Jamie was the spark plug behind the Spivey Hill Challenge 5K in Graham. Since 2015, the Spivey Hill Challenge 5K has raised $96,000 and has benefitted countless individuals in need of help. Hundreds of volunteers and runners have participated, and there is no way to calculate the love that has been shared through the seed of Jamie’s idea.
She showed by her selfless example how to love one another, how to follow God, how to care for our neighbors, and how to raise a family. She will be missed but never forgotten.
She was a gift to us all and will be sadly missed by her husband, Casey Epperson of Graham; daughter, Emily Epperson; son, Cody Epperson, both of Graham; her parents, Don, and LaVon Reeve of Graham; brother, Jay Don Reeve and wife Rhonda of Athens, TX; sister, Julie Banfield, and husband Kirk of Plano; four nieces, Brittany Hopkins, Ashley Basnett, Macy Tinree, Taryn Banfield; and one nephew, Parker Banfield. She is also survived by five great-nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 20, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Morrison Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2023, at Eastside Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Pioneer Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, donations are being accepted for the Spivey Hill Challenge, P.O. Box 805, Graham, TX 76450 in Jamie’s memory.