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SHELBY- Rev. Charles Bruce Reed II, age 69, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 in Shelby. Born in Paris, Texas on October 18, 1951, he was the son of the late Dr. Charles Bruce and Laura Almeda Hardin Reed. He was a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor's degree in business. Rev. Reed also attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Religious Education and met his wife, Carolyn. He served churches in various ministerial roles before called to minister in Shelby. He served as Director of Church and Community Ministry at the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association for 29 years until his retirement in November 2017. Notably he served as chaplain at the Cleveland County Fair, where he started ministries for fair workers. He was also instrumental in establishing ACCES and Care Solutions, as he coordinated the Baptist Association's efforts with other helping agencies in Cleveland County. Rev. Reed was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church and Shelby Civitan Club, and was very involved with Neal Senior Center and Shelby Mission Camp. He was well known for his comical personality and his caring heart. He was a master pianist and organist. He enjoyed reading and listening to Christian and classical music.
Rev. Reed is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carolyn Cole Reed. They would have celebrated their 40th anniversary in December 2020. Reed is also survived by his son, Charles "Chad" Bruce Reed III and wife Leah of Wake Forest; daughter, Carole Reed Beebe and husband Adam of Huntersville; three sisters, Betty Sue Reed of Canton, Ellen Elizabeth "Beth" Reed Vogel and Laura Kay Reed both of Clarksville, TX; 6 nieces and nephews; and 17 great nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at Elizabeth Baptist Church at 10:00am on Saturday, October 31, 2020, with Dr. Rit Varriale officiating. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required. Instead of a reception/receiving line, the family asks that friends please leave messages on the online guest registry at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Share the Warmth Fund which helps improve the lives of seniors and families who struggle to pay their energy bills.
Share the Warmth Fund
The Duke Energy Foundation
PO Box 35469
Charlotte, NC 28254-3429
Cecil Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.



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Published in Shelby Star on Oct. 30, 2020.
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31
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Elizabeth Baptist Church
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January 21, 2021
Dear Carolyn, I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Charles, I read about his death in the seminary publication Vision. I remember him well, and of course have fond memories of your friendship while we were all attending New Orleans Baptist seminary, I pray that the Lord will bless you with His peace and strength in the days ahead, Love you my friend.
Pam Breheim
Friend
November 8, 2020
Stuart and I are so very sorry for your loss.I remember when Charles showed up at my door with Taco soup and his recipe many years ago. I still have his original signed recipe. Every time I make it I think of him. What a kind, wonderful, fun to be around man the world has lost. However, we can rest assured he is in Paradise with his Heavenly Father. Sending much love and prayers to you all.
Stuart and Renee Gilbert
Friend
November 3, 2020
I always remember Charles having the biggest heart and caring attitude. I always loved his stories when Carolyn taught our Sunday School class at EBC. God bless your whole family-so so sorry for your loss.
Kimberly Lail Parsley
Acquaintance
November 3, 2020
He was a great man. He helped more people than anyone will ever know, over the years. God bless his legacy and his family and friends.
Robert Gamble
Acquaintance
November 2, 2020
Please know of my thoughts and prayers for you and your family in Sonny's passing. He was a genuinely encouraging beacon of light during a challenging stretch of my journey, and I was grateful for his presence and support. May all who were touched by his call to serve God's people well, carry on his light and love in a world filled with pain and darkness. With deepest sympathy to each of you. ~Amanda Crooks
Amanda Crooks
November 1, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Charles. I had the good fortune of serving on some community committees with him. His wisdom, humor, positive-can do attitude, and voice of reason were invaluable to these groups. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Leslie Richardson
Friend
October 31, 2020
Our loss is Heaven's gain! Carolyn and family, it was with a sad heart that I read of Charles's earthly journey ending. He was a joy to know and work with in many capacities over the years as he served all of the churches in the GCCBA. Thankful I had the opportunity to get to know him even better for a few months before he retired by volunteering to help in his ministry to the needs of Cleveland County. All of you will be remembered as you adjust to life without his physical presence.
Shirley Hord
Friend
October 31, 2020
Carolyn
I am so sorry for your loss. Charles was a wonderful asset to the community and a sweet and loving person.
I miss seeing you but want to let you know that Sammy is still with us and doing well
Much love
Lois Smith
Friend
October 31, 2020
To a wonderful member of the CHS class of 1969.
Beverly Hooser Holloway Jaeger
Classmate
October 31, 2020
Charles made a difference. Thankful for his blessings in our lives. Praying for all.
Tim Hendrick
Friend
October 31, 2020
Deeply saddened to receive this news. Enjoyed working with Charles on the Mabopane Board of Directors. His passion for ministry in assisting those in need was inspiring. Praying for Carolyn and the family!
Johnny Ross
Friend
October 31, 2020
I recall the first time I went in his office to ask about someone our class at church wanted to help. He knew all about the person's needs and everyone else in the county who needed help, all of the agencies that helped people, and how to reach them. All of that came straight off the top of his head! I was astounded at his knowledge of our county's needs; he truly had a heart for people. He helped us many times, especially through Share the Warmth program. We missed him after he retired.
Joyce Gardner
Friend
October 31, 2020
We are praying for your family Carolyn. We are so sorry for your loss. Although we didn't get the opportunity to meet Charles when we arrived at EBC, we have heard such good things about his ministry in Cleveland County. We know he will be greatly missed. Much love and prayers.
Eddie & Anita Clay
Friend
October 31, 2020
Carolyn, I extend my condolences to you and the family upon learning of Charles' death. I remember you all quite well from my time with the HMB. Charles would always regale us with engaging and often funny stories whenever the missionaries gathered. I admired his passion to serve the least of these. What a legacy he leaves through 39 years of service in the Shelby area. I suspect he is the longest serving Associational CCM leader in a single Baptist Association in SBC history. Far more important are the many lives impacted by the love of Christ demonstrated by the volunteers and churches in the Greater Cleveland Association under his leadership. I know you will feel the absence of his presence daily. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gerry Hutchinson
Coworker
October 31, 2020
Carolyn, Chad and Carol, Charles was a wonderful and Godly man that made a difference in this world. The world is a better place because of him and he will be missed. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I pray you will feel God’s comfort during this time of grief. Know that you are loved so very much! Your sister in Christ, Kristy Capotosta
Kristy Capotosta
Friend
October 31, 2020
With our deepest sympathy the Cleveland county Fair
Bobby Jenks
Bobby Jenks
October 31, 2020
God bless you all. Praying for you. Charles will be sorely missed. I’m thankful to have known him and had the chance to minister with him. He had a great live for Lord and people.
Wesley Smith
Coworker
October 30, 2020
Mrs. Reed, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
Stacy Wilson
October 30, 2020
It broke my heart to hear this. Charles was a special man to me. I still have a letter of recommendation he wrote for my grad school, and I kept him as a reference for years after I left Shelby. He was always the perfect balance in my mind of a man who loved the Lord, and loved people. Always positive, always fun, always a pleasure to be around. My prayers and heartache goes out to you Carolyn and Carol.
Jamin Parnell
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carolyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my chats and inevitable laughs with Charles when he came for his appointments. God bless you and your family.
SHEILA CILIBERTI
Acquaintance
October 30, 2020
Carolyn, sorry to hear of the passing of Charles. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Cathy Lamb
Family
October 30, 2020
Carolyn, Chad, and Carol
I feel so privileged to have known Charles. He was sensitive to the needs of others and worked so hard to make a difference in so many lives. We loved him and will miss him.
Cindy Binion
Cindy Binion
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carolyn you are in my thoughts and prayers. Carrol passed away 7/26/19 and we always enjoyed your and Charles company. Sorry we lost touch over the years but you, Charles, Chad and Carol will always have a special place in my heart. Sending love and condolences to you.
Jo Ann Trull
Friend
October 30, 2020
What a blessing and privilege to have known Charles and to know Carolyn. He brought laughter where ever he was and was always a witness to those he came into contact with. He will be missed, but oh my, we know he is home with our Lord and Savior and rejoicing. We loved Charles and we love Carolyn and family.
Dennis & Edna Greene
October 30, 2020
Ms. Reed,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Nicole Dormeus Cornelius
October 30, 2020
Sonny and I started First grade 1957 at Clarksville ISD. I can remember at ten years old thinking, 'how can he stay inside and play the piano for hours while the rest of us were outside playing whatever ball was in season.' Little did I know that Sonny's dedication to the piano would be such a large part of what he became along with all the people he's been a blessing to. Sonny was/is funny. He made you laugh, constantly. What a gift to have. What a loss for this world at this time. Heavens gain our loss.
Bill Steven Hale
CHS class of 1969
Bill Hale
Friend
October 30, 2020
Charles will be missed by his loving wife and children. My heart goes out to you all. God bless you all.
Ellen Vogel
Sister
October 30, 2020
Charles truly led a purposeful life. May your memories give you comfort.
Jane Hoyle
October 30, 2020
I am from Clarksville, and I have known Sonny my whole life. his mom and Dad were friends of my Grandmother and my Mom and Dad. We went to school together. We used to drive around town and talk for entertainment in a small town. We were just happy to be alive and young. Sonny seemed to know a story about every house and car we drove past. I used to think he knew more people (old and young) than anyone else in town. His opinions about people and Clarksville were always so funny and spot on. I talked to him in the hospital a couple of months ago and he was as upbeat and funny as always. I am sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. His family and friends will miss him. The Lord doesn't make many like Sonny Reed. God Bless the extended Reed family.
Mark Burtner
Friend
October 30, 2020
Mark Burtner
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carolyn, Chad & Carole, I know you will miss your husband and dad. If I know Charles, he is already cracking jokes with the angels in heaven! He'll have them dancing around the organ as he plays, "I'll Fly Away." Just wanted you to know that I will be praying for you during this difficult time.
MARILYN WATSON
Family
October 30, 2020
Charles & I were good friends from the old days when he was such a great help in starting up Shelby Manor. We discovered that we were "Texas kids" too. We served together on many committees & he was always a positive "idea" guy. He will be greatly missed!
JoAnn Richards
JoAnn Richards
Friend
October 30, 2020
Sonny Reed was my childhood friend. Growing up in Clarksville, Texas, Sonny was always a such a positive person with a great sense of humor. We could not have guessed back then how his faith and positive influence would impact so many people for the better. Praying for peace and comfort for his family.
Ruth Proctor Mahoney
Classmate
October 30, 2020
Chad and Leah, so very sorry for your loss. God bless.
marcia allsbrook
Friend
October 30, 2020
Tina Mccluney
Family
October 30, 2020
It was always a wonderful experience working with Charles. His stories could touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. Our community was blessed to have Charles as a leader for so many years. May the Peace of Christ be with you.
Bob Davis
Friend
October 30, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. He was such a devoted and giving person. I was fortunate to work with Charles at the Kings Mountain Baptist Association and hold so many wonderful memories of him and all he gave to those in need! He was such a faithful servant. May God bless you in the difficult days ahead!
Ioma Gantt
Coworker
October 30, 2020
Carolyn and family, Charles had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile. His laugh was contagious. Heaven gained a truly beautiful soul. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Amy Blanton
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carolyn, I am lifting prayers for you and your family. May our God continue to hold you in His loving arms.
Diane Puckett
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carolyn, you and your family are in our prayers. Bless you all at this time of loss.
James Lamb
Family
October 30, 2020
Charles was one of the finest men I have ever had the privilege to know and work with. His advocacy for the community was unprecedented. I enjoyed talking with him and working on how to help Citizens in Cleveland County in many ways for many years. He was also a great support and friend for me during some very tough times in my life and his humor and love for the Lord brought me through. Heaven certainly gained an angel and his love for Christ will live on.
Jennifer Potter
Friend
October 30, 2020
I knew Charles from my days at Gaston College and Gardner Webb University. He loved people and loved for them to see Jesus in everything. It was a pleasure to know Charles. He made an impact on so many lives.
Karen Prevatte
Friend
October 30, 2020
Deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the family. Charles loved his family and this community. His impact and involvement with others will forever be remembered. He was a Godly man with true Christian values.
Annie Elrod-Oberle
Friend
October 29, 2020
Charles helped me many times while I worked at DSS to help families. We served on the Neal Senior Center Board at the same time. He was a caring and kind person. I am honored to have worked with Charles. Praying for your family.
Janice Morton
Friend
October 29, 2020
Carolyn and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Charles' earthly death but rejoice in his eternal homecoming. He was a wonderful friend for many years. We worked on many committees and projects while I was a with the Patrick Center. He was always making us laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. Please take comfort in knowing his was a life very well lived. He helped make such a difference in the lives of so many in our community! Prayers of peace and comfort are being sent your way!
Monty Thornburg
Friend
October 29, 2020
We have been blessed to know and love Charles and Carolyn and their children for many years. What a wonderful contribution Charles made as a caring servant of the Lord to our community. His legacy will be felt for years to come in Cleveland County--he touched countless lives and we will sorely miss his jovial laugh, his positive spirit and his loving and giving heart. Our prayers for Carolyn, Chad and Leah, Carole and Adam, and his two dear sisters. Terry and Linda Fern
Linda and Terry Fern
Friend
October 29, 2020
Charles will really be missed and always be remembered as a good friend i envision him even now having someone there scratching their head.this is victory he lived for and you all will be in our prayers.
Be Blessed
John Houze
Friend
October 29, 2020
Charles was a wonderful example of Christian love and caring. He was always ready to help when needed. Our prayers are with the family.
Glenda Brackett
October 29, 2020
Charles was a very talented man who had a real desire to be involved in community by serving in many capacities. My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort go out to dear Carolyn and the entire Reed family.
Diane Davis
Acquaintance
October 29, 2020
Charles could always figure out how to make you laugh. It was truly a blessing to be able to live across the street from him. He will be truly missed.
David, Wendy and Gracie Weight
Friend
October 29, 2020
Carolyn, we're so sorry to hear about the passing of Charles. Much love and prayers sent your way.
Donna Rash
Friend
October 29, 2020
“Charles” will forever be Sonny to me and my siblings. Betty Sue,Beth and Kay, when I was little I thought you called him Sunny to reflect his happy personality—Dr Reed would have probably corrected me on that if he’d known! My heart goes out to you all—such fun memories of Clarksville. Carolyn,Chad, and Carole, we never got to meet, but Sonny sure was proud you were his—I am so sorry for your profound loss. Becky Burtner
Becky Burtner
Friend
October 29, 2020
Carolyn and family our prayers are with you. Doug & Donna PRUETT
Donna Pruett
Friend
October 29, 2020
Christian man; loving husband and father; good friend.
Recca Bingham
Friend
October 29, 2020
What a wonderful, dedicated leader a d fellow servant. One of the finest, funniest men I know. He will be GREATLY missed.
Perry Holleman
Friend
October 29, 2020
Amber and I are sad to learn of the passing of Charles. He was such a great man of God and an encourager to all. Charles was really helpful over the years with church needs and training. He was always so supportive of our local Gideon Ministry and invited me and others to assist with the Fair Workers Breakfast each year. Our warmest wishes and prayers are with Carolyn, Carole, and Chad and family at this time. We are joyous in knowing Rev. Reed made eternal plans to be with our Heavenly Father forever.

Peace and Blessings,
Amber and Roger Cox
Roger and Amber Cox
Friend
October 29, 2020
Charles was one of the kindest, Godly, funny and precious men I've known. My mother, Vera Dellinger, loved him dearly. God bless and keep Carolyn and the children.
Cathy Marshall
Friend
October 29, 2020
Carolyn and family........my prayers and thoughts are with you in the passing of Charles. I have so many memories of Charles and beyond that Cleveland County could share numerous ones. He was truly a compassionate person when it came to helping others in need....caring for the person and their need. I remember when your family came to Cleveland County...Bruce was excited about being a part of committee that initiated the process. Carolyn, thanks for all the work you and Charles put into Cleveland County. Keep the good memories and God Bless all of you. Love you, Diane
Diane Rabon
Friend
October 29, 2020
We thank God for Charles and his genuinely kind way to interact with others and to do so with great humor and encouragement. He has served well as a ministry partner in Cleveland County and we praise God for his service in God's kingdom work. Prayers for you all!
First Baptist Church, Shelby, NC
Tony Tench
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