REED, GILBERT A., 82
Gilbert A. Reed was born August 11, 1931 and went to Heaven August 1, 2014.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Josephine "Jo" Brannen Reed, son Arnold (companion Vicki Strong) of Loganville, Georgia, daughter Deb (Joe Strickland) of Melrose, Florida; grandson Clint (Betina), granddaughter Alison; great granddaughters Audrey Reed and Hanna McKenzie; sisters Charleyene Brantley and Barbara Kinzer and brother Kenneth Reed; Leona Guthrie his loving caregiver who he called his girl "Friday", and Eric Sales of Asheville, North Carolina who he considered his adopted son. His grandchildren and now great grandchildren were the love of his life.
He was a retired engineer from Clay Electric, past Master of Melrose Lodge #89; Past District Deputy of the 11th Masonic District of Florida; Past President of the Keystone Heights Shrine Club and the Keystone Kops; past Worthy Patron of Keystone Heights Chapter #279 Order of the Eastern Star; former Chairman of the Keystone Heights Air Park Authority; past president of the Melrose PTA, Troop Leader for Boy Scout Chapter 109 in Melrose; Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 105 in Keystone Heights and he led Children's Church at Eliam Baptist Church for quite a few years.
He was a member of Fresh Start Fellowship in Keystone Heights but was baptized at Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose, Florida.
Graduated from Melrose High School and completed three years of continuing education in Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
He was an avid turkey hunter all his life and in more recent years killed a few deer as well. For years he had a home at Johnson Beach where he caught many red fish and in recent years the North Carolina home was his favorite "cool place." He loved NHRA Drag Racing and enjoyed seeing both his son and grandson race and until ill health prohibited, he was the "Pit" Crew for them. He also enjoyed NASCAR and was a lifelong Gator fan.
Visitation will be Tuesday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Moring Funeral Home in Melrose with the funeral being Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose. Burial will follow at the old cemetery in Keystone Heights. Service will be conducted by Pastor Steve Conner of Fresh Start Fellowship, Mike Stanley and Eric Sales.
For those who prefer donation in lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Shriners Children Hospital.
Arrangements are under the care of Moring Funeral Home, Melrose, FL.
Moring Funeral Home
310 State Road 26 Melrose, FL 32666
Published in Gainesville Sun from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2014