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REED, John JOHN DEWEY REED Mar 15th, 1925 - January 31th , 2011 It is said that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. If this holds true then John Dewey Reed, who passed into our Lord's waiting hands in the morning hours of January 31st, 2011, made not just his life, but many others an enjoyable and productive experience. Born in the old mill town of Hosford, Florida Dewey, as he is known, was the eldest of three children from Admiral Dewey Reed and Muriel Jane Wilder. He was raised in Millen, Georgia where he graduated second in his High School class before travelling to Savannah to work as a welder building Liberty ships for a country then at war. On the month that he turned 18 he promptly joined the U.S. Army as an Aviation Cadet where is subsequently earned his silver wings, going on to fly many aircraft including B-25s, B-24s and B-29s as a 20 year old bomber aircraft commander. During a routine mission flying B-29s to Guam, in preparation for the final invasion of Japan, a radio message was received instructing him to return his bombers back to San Francisco because the war had just ended. 1st Lt John Reed happily complied with the order but not before leading his cell of 3 B-29s under the Golden Gate Bridge while inbound to Hamilton Army Air Field. After the war, he returned home and attended Florida State University before continuing on to work at the lumber mill in Millen, Georgia. When an opportunity arrived for a position managing a lumber mill in the Philippines, he jumped at the chance thus beginning a new chapter in his life that would define him for the rest of his years. While in the Philippines he met and married the late Maria Dolores Herrera-Davila y Rea, an outgoing and vibrant flight attendant with whom he would create a fruitful life that would span the next 56 years. An outstanding father, avid golfer and a man who would give all of his spare time coaching his kids and teaching his family how to become self-sustaining, John Dewey carried his family through the economic trials of the 70's to enjoy the pleasure of his children's children. He would later recall this was his most enjoyable moments. He leaves us with a terrific extended family and fabulous memories from around the world and four professionally successful Children; Michael Anthony Reed, Leslie Carol Tomme, Muriel Victoria Brandon and David Lawrence Reed, whom, together with his Daughters In-Laws Lanee (Kauffman) Reed and Esmeralda (Duque) Reed and Sons In-law Paul Tomme, and Mike Brandon, expanded his family with 10 grandchildren now living in the Atlanta area. Memorial services to celebrate the life and memories he created for us all will be held on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 at noon in the Fischer Funeral Care facility located at 3742 Chamblee, Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee. Georgia 30341.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 2, 2011
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