Harold Lee Reed, 81
Published 1:03 am Friday, April 14, 2017
Harold Lee Reed passed away April 6, 2017, at Merit Health River Region, Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was 81.
Born May 9, 1935, in Stanford, Kentucky, Harold was the son of Amy Evaline Baugh Reed and Clarence Les Reed. He had been a resident of Warren County, Mississippi since 1981. In 1976, Harold graduated cum laude from Park College, Parkville, Missouri, with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He received his Masters degree from Central Michigan University, Detroit, Michigan, in 1978. Harold served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1981. During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, NCCAG Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal Army, Longevity Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and Air Force Good Conduct Medal. After retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1981, Harold began his career with Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant as supervisor of the Security and Fitness for Duty Department. He retired with 18 years of service. Harold loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. For many years, he served as president of Burnt Ridge Hunting Club. He also enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. Harold was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and a loyal, devoted friend. Everyone that knew Harold loved and appreciated his tremendous sense of humor and dry wit. He kept his family and friends laughing and shaking their heads with his antics.
Harold is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis McMullin Reed; daughter, Donna Sue Reed Nida (Max); grandchildren, Charles Brandon Vickers (Tiffany) and Amanda Sue Vickers Collier; great-grandchildren, Wade Maxwell Collier and Dana Halle Vickers; and sister, Annie Reed Barker (Bill).
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Della Pearl Reed Young and Gladys Marie Reed Carrier; and brothers, Willie Clarence Reed and Donald Dee Reed.
Funeral services were held at Riles Funeral Home in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Monday, April 10.
Graveside services, with full military honors performed by the Caswell-Saufley Post #18 of the American Legion, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Retired Colonel Rev. DeWayne Brewer will officiate the service. Burial will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossway Church/Youth Building Program, 1825 Highway 61 South, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180.
Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home, Waynesburg, Kentucky, is entrusted with Harold’s local arrangements. Guest Book at www.friendfuneralhomes.com.