Billy Frank Reed, age 73 of Lewisburg, passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 after a brief illness. Mr. Reed was born on Aug. 28, 1942 to Jim Frank and Katherine Fay Wells Reed in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Mr. Reed is preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Louise Reed, brother Gene Allen Reed, wife Rebecca Joan Reed, and daughter Rebecca Leigh Reed Gillam.
On March 22, 1966, Billy married his soulmate, Rebecca Joan Rochelle. They had two children, Rebecca Leigh and James Coleman. The family relocated several times, eventually settling in Lewisburg. On Jan. 6, 2002, Billy and Joan lost their only daughter, Leigh, after an extended illness. Billy grieved for his daughter for many years, but it was the loss of his beloved Joan that hit him hardest. Billy never fully recovered from the loss of his "soulmate." Retired from Marshall Manufacturing, Billy enjoyed playing golf, skeet shooting and spinning a yarn or two.
Billy is survived by his son, James Coleman Reed; granddaughters Lacey Anne Frost and Katherine Elaine Reed; brothers Robert, Jesse, Richard and Danny; sister Sandra Fay Freeman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Fellowship for Christ Church in Shelbyville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.