Dr. Randall “Kirk” Reid, M.D., 58, of Madison, Mississippi, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 15, 2022 while hunting in Deming, New Mexico.
Kirk was born on May 4, 1963 to the late Glendal Eugene Reid and Charlotte
Gaston Reid of Ackerman, Mississippi. He graduated with a degree in general science from Mississippi State University in 1985, married his beloved wife, Mitcie, in 1988, and in 1990 received his M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. They then moved to Texas where he completed postgraduate training in medicine and anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston four years later. After which he and Mitcie returned to Mississippi with a two-year-old daughter and a two-week-old son in tow. Six years later they welcomed a third child. He was employed by Jackson Anesthesia Associates for twenty-one years and served multiple terms as president of the group. Most recently, he was Vice Chair for Clinical Services within the department of Anesthesiology and was Chief of the Medical Staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also served as an appointed member to the advisory board of the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University.
As an avid hunter who traveled extensively pursuing this passion, it was only fitting that his last trip was spent doing what he loved with his son and one of his medical colleagues on the trip of a lifetime. Kirk’s other hobbies included competing in triathlons and following college sports, especially his alma mater. A voracious reader and history buff, he had a zest for life that was contagious. His laugh was loud and genuine, and his smile lit up his entire face, especially when telling stories about his children or grandsons.
He was a force of nature in the workplace and outside it. He was described as a superb clinician, an outstanding teacher, and a steady presence in navigating difficult situations. A keen analytical mind coupled with his ability to develop relationships with all types of people quickly propelled him in the ranks of leadership at UMMC. He was always willing to discuss career moves, the best novels to read, and which athletic recruits had the fastest speed and which university would be getting them. He did nothing passively but approached all things – marriage, fatherhood, work, and sport – with joy, humor, and devotion.
Kirk is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Mitcie Abel Reid, and his children- Jennifer Rawson (Chad) of Madison, MS; Cooper Reid of Madison, MS; Courtney Reid of Madison, MS; grandchildren- Patrick Rawson and Jameson Rawson; mother- Charlotte Gaston Reid of Ackerman, MS; sibling- Lynne Reid Sneed (Rory) of Columbus, MS; sister-in-law- Jamie Abel Brown of Brentwood, TN; nephews- Parker Brown, Luke Brown, Logan Sneed, and Luke Sneed; nieces- Bailey Brown, Emerson Brown, and Corinne Brown; and mother and father-in-law- Jimmy and Margie Abel of Madison, MS.
A visitation will be Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 4 pm -7 pm at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland with the funeral service to be held the following day, Thursday, January 20 at 11:00 am at Madison United Methodist Church. Internment will occur at a later date to be determined by the family. Honorary pallbearers will be Alex Haik, Van Jones, Gary Lewis, Mike Manning, Mike Maples, Jeff McPherson, Tommy Miskelly, Jim Moorehead, Jim Perkins, Rod Ray, Phil Sanders, Lynn Stringer, and Art Waldrop.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to “Friends of Children’s Hospital.”