Monday, May 03, 2010

William D. Reed, 1931-2010

William David “Bill” Reed died on Saturday, May 1, 2010. He was born in Swansea, South Carolina, on April 10, 1931, the youngest child of John Osborne Reed and Carrie Belle Strickland Reed.  He was a great-great-great grandson of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed and my dear uncle.

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

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