April 28, 1922 ~ March 30, 2020

Born in: Gainesville, Georgia
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Reverend Jake O. Reed, 97, passed away at Brookdale Lawrenceville Assisted Living on March 30, 2020.

He was born in Gainesville, Georgia, and raised in Candler, Georgia. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, and was married to the love of his life, Cleo Parham, for over 70 years.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Textile Engineering at Georgia Tech and worked as an engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, Georgia until he was 35. At that time, God called him to become a minister of the gospel. He earned his undergraduate degree, and a Master’s degree in Religious Education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and served churches in south Florida and the Atlanta-Lawrenceville area.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Rod Reed (Bobi), his daughter, Regina Rodgers (Hugh), his grandchildren, Meghan Buffat (Josh), Debbie Reed, Emily Elmendorf (Tyler), his great grandchildren, his sister Henrietta, nieces Mary Boswell and Denise Barrett, his nephew, Mike Reed and their families as well as a multitude of other family and friends. We are comforted by the assurance that he now rests with the Lord and can again see Cleo and the family and friends who have gone before him.

Pastor Jake will be buried in a private ceremony next to his wife of 70 years and 8 months in Hall County, Georgia. A virtual service will be streamed by Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, GA on April 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM. A Celebration of Life service will be planned later this year when conditions permit his family and friends to gather together.

Arrangements are by Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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  1. Continued prayers for your family. Rod, you may not realize how many times you referred to something you Dad said, a comment from a Scripture passage, and his expression of love for your Mom. Your love for one another certainly showed through.

  2. Jake will really be missed, he was such an inspiration and a joy to visit him and Cleo. He loved her so much and missed her immensely and now they can be together. Rod ,Regina and family you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Our sincere sympathy for your loss. Kirby and Linda Ford

  3. Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Jake Reed.
    We will truly miss one of the nicest and most sincere gentlemen we have ever known.
    Jake Reed will always be in our hearts and prayers.

  4. I can’t help but smile every time I think about Jake and Cleo.

    Jake seemed to have a long and well lived life, full of love and service.

    Rod, Regina and family, sending you our sincere sympathies.

    – Bill & Toky

  5. Sorry for your loss.. I know it’s hard to lose loved ones. It is so contorting to also know where Jake is right now. Absent from the body present with the Lord.. God bless you all.

  6. CandleImageCharlotte and I feel like we knew Jake Reed personally because of the Candle he lit in his son Rod Reed.
    We feel blessed to know Jake, in this way, because his son, Rod, Rod’s wife Bobbi, and their children are such wonderful Christian people who continue to Bless others as a result of Jake and his wife Cleo’s testimony that they shared with their children and grand children.
    God’s Amazing Grace has been illuminated through Jake’s ministry, family members, relatives, and other members of the Body of Christ that Jake so faithfully served throughout his life.
    “Amazing Grace” and “It is well with my Soul” were wonderful hymns to have chosen in honor of Jake’s life.
    There is great peace in knowing what it says in 2 Cor 5:8:
    “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to present with the Lord.”
    Rest in Peace Jake!

  7. We certainly sympathize with all the family as you grieve. We did not have the opportunity to meet Bro. Jake until we joined Lawrenceville First Baptist in early 2002 but soon recognized what a tremendous asset he and Miss Cleo were to the church and community. As we learned more details surrounding his ministry at Homestead, Florida, we would have voted 100% for the Air Force to have bestowed a special “Medal of Honor” to him for all the heartbreaking ministry and counseling he performed for countless hundreds of airmen, as they continued to be deployed to SE Asia during those troubling times. As he shared some of those stories, we could almost see the thousands of tears he shed for those families. Rejoice in the fact that they are both receiving more rewards today than our military could possibly ever give them.

  8. We know Jake through his son Rod, who shared so many stories of Jake’s life. From war hero of the greatest generation to lifelong soldier in the Army of our Savior, his was a life characterized by contending for the faith.

  9. We knew Jake through his son, Rod who shared many great stories of Jae’s incredible life. From war hero of the Greatest Generation to lifelong soldier in the Army of the Lord, his life was characterized by contending for the faith. What a beautiful and fitting celebration of life service.

  10. We are so sorry to hear about Bro. Reed. He and your family are always in our thoughts. Bro. Reed baptized me at Modello Baptist Church and married us. Our love to the family.

  11. CandleImageso sorry for your loss – we just found out! He was a special man – a lot of memories from Lakeview Baptist Church.

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