John David Reed Sr., 70, formerly of Webster Springs, died February 20, 2020, at Tygart Center in Fairmont, West Virginia, after a long battle following two major strokes.
He was born July 21, 1949, in Charleston and was the son of the late Bruce and Lou Williams Reed. Along with his parents, John is preceded in death by a brother, Gary Reed, and a niece, Jane Reed.
John attended Herbert Hoover High School, Morris Harvey College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he prepared for his career as a funeral director and embalmer.
John was the former owner of Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs and Adams-Reed Funeral Home in Cowen. He loved his profession and the Webster County community.
He enjoyed flying, motorcycling and boating. He loved his family and was proud of his children and grandchildren.
John was a member of Webster Springs First Baptist Church, Addison Lodge 116 AF&AM, Beni Kedem Shrine and Camden on Gauley 161 OES; former member of the Webster Springs Lions Club; past director of the Webster County Woodchopping Festival; past member and chairman of the board of Elk River Terrace Apartments; past member of the board of Webster County Memorial Hospital; former Webster County coroner; former Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department member; past member of the board of trustees for Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science; and a past Webster Springs town councilman.
He was also past president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and past president of the National Funeral Directors Association.
Left to cherish his memory is wife Alice Westfall Reed; son John David “J.D.” Reed Jr. and wife Rhonda of Santa Cruz, Bolivia; daughter Kristen Street and husband Pat of Fairmont; sister Elizabeth “Buffy” Thomas of Pinch; brother Roi Reed and wife Dianna of Lexington, Kentucky; sister in law Ellie Reed of Elkview; grandchildren Grace, Abie and Nathan Reed, and Lanae, Aubree and Violet Street; and niece Susie Reed of Hermitage, Tennessee.