Reed, Ola Peyton
Saturday, January 4, 2014, a son of the Living God found his way home to the Father. Ola Peyton Reed (Ole), age 96, was born on December 22, 1917 to the home of Noah Clayton Reed and his wife Susan Ellen Weeks Reed of the Wills Ridge area of Floyd County. He was born into a hard working and godly family of three sisters and one brother; Gracie Pearl Reed m. William Kyle Reed, Nina Alice Reed m. Lewis Mitchell, Bertha Reed m. Swanson Sowers, and Asa Clayton Reed m. Polly Bernice Bond. Descendants of these sisters and brother will remember Ole as a quiet spiritual uncle with a sparkle in his blue eyes and a subtle sense of humor. Ole married Clara McManaway in 1936. Clara passed away a year later due to complications with pneumonia. As a young man, Ole built racers from old trucks, dreamed of riding a motorcycle and with his friends played music for dances and gatherings around the community. In the late 1930’s, Ole met the feisty and easy to laugh Lillian Edith Graham of the Sowers Mill Dam area. They married in 1941. They became a devout couple and used their musical talents to make a joyful noise to the Lord. As the “Singing Reeds,” they provided spiritual music for the Floyd area community through W GFC Radio. For many years they provided for their church community, Reeds Mission, a facility for worship services. They celebrated life and the Lord together until 2006 when Lillian went home laughing to the Father. To everyone around him, Mr. Ole Reed’s life served as an example of humble servitude to the Lord God and of acceptance and understanding of friends, neighbors and family with their many gifts and different out looks on life. He was with people as he was with his little stray dog, “Gorgeous.” He took them into his life and fed their scarred and hungry souls. Left to celebrate his life are many, many nieces and nephews, neighbors, friends and the church families. Through his final years of life, friends, neighbors and family who shared his life were Corrine Sowers, Frances Bishop, Mattie Harris, Carolyn and J.C. Holden,Junior Harris, Jerry Reed, Ruby and Richard Sutphin, Virgie Quesenberry, Russell Akers, Mary Helm, Neal Montgomery, Dean Graham, Larry Myers, Matthew Reinhardt, Dustin Black, Jarrod Black, Robyn Jones, Linda Belcher, Jerry Long and Catherine Pauley, the folks from Plenty who brought fresh garden produce, the wonderful people at Amedisys, who were with Ole for several months (Cindy, Sarah, Cliff, Troy, Julie and Heather), and the members of his church families. Ole touched so many lives that it is impossible to mention everyone. They should know they were cared about. Services will be conducted by Pastor J.C. Holden of Granny’s Chapel and by Pastor Clyde Bishop of Floyd Church of God. Services will be held at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel in Floyd at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, January 8,2014. Visitation will be at 10 A. M. previous to the service. Interment will be at Jacksonville Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.gardnerfuneralhomefloyd.com. Those wishing to contribute in some way may donate to the Floyd County Rescue Squads and Fire Departments. Mr. Reed had a great deal of respect for the excellent community services they provided. May you all walk with God.