The Reeds moved from Swansea to Lexington in 1933. Bill graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1959 with a degree in civil engineering. He followed his dad into a lifelong career at the South Carolina Department of Transportation, retiring in 1994. A member of Lexington Baptist Church, he was a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years, a longtime Gideon, chaplain at Lexington County Jail, and Boy Scout leader.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ella Jordan Reed of Lexington; his daughters, Cynthia Nowak (Jonathan), Margaret Williams (Ron), Mary Allen (Chuck) and Rebekah "Becky" Beck, all of Lexington; his brothers and sisters, Rev. J.O. Reed, Jr. (my father) of West Columbia, Carolyn Grobe of Columbia, Florrie Brown of Lexington and Robert E. Reed, Sr., of Lexington; 10 grandchildren (Heather, James, Adrienne, Caitlin, Ethan, Will, Meghan, Carter, Jordan and Joleen) and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, May 4 at Lexington Baptist Church with interment in Lexington Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6pm until 8pm on Monday, May 3 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon's International, 5106-B Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204 or Prison Ministries.
The Family of John Osborne Reed Sr. and Carrie Belle Strickland Reed
Back, L to R: Bob, Florrie, Carolyn, Bill
Front, L to R: Joe, Osborne, Carrie
(Portrait taken about 1945)
Obituary from The State at Legacy.com.