— Services for Ed Lee Reed, 90, will be at 11 a.m. today at Beulah Baptist Church in Elkhart with the Revs. Keith Parkes, Luther Bailey and Roy G. Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Reed Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Mr. Reed died Oct. 25 at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
Viewing was held from 11 a.m. To 7 p.m Friday in the funeral home chapel. The family was present for condolence calls from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ed Lee Reed was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Elkhart, Texas, to Buck Reed and Cornella Davis Reed. To this union five children, three girls and two boys were born. Ed is the baby of the five.
He attended Beulah School and graduated from Henry High School in Elkhart. After finishing high school, he worked at the Palestine Packing Plant and then Missouri Pacific Railroad for more than 30 years, retiring in 1983.
Mr. Reed accepted Christ at a young age and joined Beulah Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, treasurer and teacher of the male youth for many years until his health failed him. Each morning after breakfast, he spent time in devotion and meditation.
Ed Reed met and married Silverleen Criss on Dec. 24, 1945. From this union, nine children were born.
He loved playing dominoes with family and friends and enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on television.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister, Ann Reed Micheaux; and one brother, Edgar Reed.
Mr. Reed is survived by sisters, Katherine Fain of Elkhart and Henrietta Bailey of Corpus Christi; sons, Steve Reed of Jacksonville, John Reed of Houston, George Reed of Las Vegas, Nev., Lawrence (Brenda) Reed of Palestine, Tim Reed of Whitehouse and Kenneth Reed of Palestine; daughters, Dyna Kay Tutt of Palestine, Jill (John) Stevenson of Palestine, Debbie (Louis) Obey of Houston, Eva Birdow of Palestine, Mattie McDonald of Palestine; sister-in-law, Voida M. Reed of Houston; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; god children, Lois Fisher, Jacqueline Nixon and Rockland Nixon, as well as a host of nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. He will be missed by his dog, Bush.