March 16, 1918 ~ August 27, 2013
Cleo Parham Reed born March 16, 1918 in Temple, GA passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia. She taught elementary school for 35 years, was director of 53 Bible schools in various states and taught Sunday School for 70 years. She was a member of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church. She helped conduct services at Courtyard Gardens for 17 years two Sunday's per month. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jake O. Reed; son, Rod Reed and wife Bobi; daughter, Regina Rodgers and husband Hugh; granddaughters, Meghan Buffat and husband Josh, Debbie Reed and Emily Reed; great grandsons, Corbin and Charlie Buffat; sister-in-law, Henrietta Barrett; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley and Rev. Inman Houston officiating. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA.
Mrs. Reed, as we knew her name to be and would say it with much respect, was always such an inspiration to us, especially when we first began our ministry at Lakeview Baptist Church. She was the epitome of a lady and teacher of wisdom, God’s word and love, and life lessons. She was such a mentor to me, Gayle, when we were at Lakeview and had many words of wisdom as I learned to be a minister’s wife while watching her. Kerry and I had such a positive example of a married couple in the ministry by watching Bro and Mrs. Reed. She was always by his side whenever possible, even when we would see her at Lawrenceville Baptist and she wasn’t feeling well. We know you all will miss her terribly, but what a wonderful legacy she leaves behind for her family and friends. We send our love to all of you and will hold you high in our prayers that you may hold her close in your hearts until you meet her again in Heaven.