Billy Dean Reed, age 79, of Adrian, Mo., was born March 25, 1928, the son of James William and Oma Berniece (Hurst) Reed. He passed from this life on Friday evening, Nov. 9, 2007, at his home in Adrian.
Early in his life Dean, along with his family, moved to the Schell City area where he attended school and was one of the graduates of Schell City High School Class of 1947. After graduation, Dean, being an avid baseball player, played minor league ball for a time before trying out for the St. Louis Browns. After his baseball years he and his father operated Reed Truck Line.
On July 14, 1951, Dean was united in marriage to Elsie Cordelia Wells in El Dorado Springs. The newlyweds made their home in Schell City then relocated to the Adrian area in 1960 making it their permanent home. Dean worked for 24 years for Allied Signal before retiring on Jan. 1, 1992. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and playing golf. He loved dancing and was a member of the Butler Square Dancing Association. One of his greatest pleasures was the time he spent watching his children and grandchildren at sporting events.
Survivors include his wife Cordy of the home in Adrian; two sons, Michael Reed and his wife Paula and Billy Reed and his wife Robin, all of Adrian; two daughters Deborah Hill and her husband Dean of Butler, Mo., and Chrystal Mayfleld and her husband Terrry of Adrian; two sisters, Beverly Cornelious and her husband Bud, and Janice Archer and her husband Bruce all of Archie, Mo.; seven grandchildren; Tina Eidson and her husband Richie; Randy Reed and his wife Heather, Kevin Hill and his wife Aspen; David Hill and his wife Samie; and Maycie, Kaleb, and Mikah Mayfield; four great-grandchildren, Baily and Gavin Reed; Brice Eidson and Oakleigh Hill; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Billy Dean Reed were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at the Schell City Christian Church in Schell City, with Grady Davis officiating. Musical selections were provided by Kelci Davis, Krystle Vantellman, Connie Gerster, and Sharon Goodman, Pallbears were Richie Eidson, Randy Reed, Kevin Hill, David Hill, Dennis Vantellman, and Doug Vantellman. Honorary pallbears were Tina Eidson, Maycie Mayfield, Kaleb Mayfield, and Mikah Mayfield. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimers Association. The funeral arrangements for Mr. Reed were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.