Tampa - Reed Mims Mattair was born on September 19, 1919, to Mims and Ima Mattair, Williston, Florida. One of five children, Reed and his siblings grew up on a large farm housing his grandfather's blacksmith shop and the local one room schoolhouse. An army veteran of four years in the in Pacific theatre in WWII, Reed returned from his service to marry Norma Wagner of Archer, the love of his life. Reed and Norma made their home in Gainesville, Florida where Reed was in sales and Norma was a homemaker then a bank branch manager. The First Baptist Church of Gainesville was their church home. On retirement, Reed and Norma made their home on the land of Reed's family, taking him back to his farm roots. Archer Baptist Church then became their place of worship. Reed should be remembered as a loving husband and father, as well as a man of character and honesty who always gave his best to his family and friends.
Reed is survived by his daughter and son-in–law, Reeda and Steve Culbreath of Temple Terrace, Florida, cousin, Marlene Rikther of Williston, sister-in-law, Barbara Fleming of Crestview, Florida, and numerous loving nieces, nephews and friends.
A graveside service for Reed will be held on Friday, January 15th, at 11:30 A.M. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Archer, Florida with Rev. Ray Scott officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the VFW, Processing Center, P.O. Box 8958, Topeka, KS66608-9805. Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com
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