Sam Reed

May 16, 1938 — November 10, 2017

Sam Reed

Bloomington - Sam N. Reed, Jr, 79, of Bloomington passed away on November 10, 2017 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

His funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. noon on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington with Rev. Frank L. McSwain, Sr. Officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Full Military Rites will be accorded by Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

He was born on May 16, 1938 in Belzoni, MS, a son to Sam and Annie Mitchell Reed. He married Willa Mae Davis on September 16, 1955 in Bloomington, IL. Later, he remarried, and is now separated.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory and celebrate his homegoing, four daughters, Debra Reed of California, Rochelle Barnes of Nevada, Ursula Reed of Mt. Vernon, IL and Shonda Reed of Charleston, IL; one son, Anthony Reed of Mt. Vernon, IL; 19 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; special nieces, Tonya Reed-Heard of Atlanta, GA, Natasha Lang and Vera Traver both of Bloomington, IL; his favorite cousin, Josephine Hosea and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Sam and Annie Reed; a daughter, Vikki Reed; two brothers, William ‘Hokie' James Reed and Bennie Michael ‘Pistol' Reed and two sisters, Clara Jean Reed-Watkins and Anna Mae Reed.

Sam proudly served in the United States Army, from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1963. He later worked as an adamant mechanic at Caterpillar in Peoria for many years.

He loved the Commodores and would play the song, ‘Once, Twice, Three Times A Lady' repeatedly.

When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears, be happy that we've had so many years. I gave to you my love, you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it's time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a little while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and say "WELCOME HOME."


NOV 29. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Memorial Service

NOV 29. 12:00 PM (CST)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

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