Louis Reed was born Saturday, November 11, 1939 to Burney Reed and Esther Holland Reed. He was one of nine siblings. Affectionately called Uncle "Bo”, Louis was the devoted family patriarch and a true cowboy. Uncle "Bo” had a big, golden heart and signature sense of humor.
Louis attended Oklahoma grade schools and graduated from Manual Training Senior High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1959, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.
In Savannah, Louis met the love of his life--Lena Naomi "Nee Nee" Whitaker. They married on July 14, 1964. This union of over twenty four years connected Uncle "Bo” with his wife’s family, forming unbreakable bonds. Louis became a special support to Lena’s sister, Alice Whitaker Johnson, and a loving father figure to her three children—Richard, II, Deidré, and Kimberli. He was also instrumental in raising his nephew, Johnny “Spanky” Fields, as a son.
Louis and Naomi were members of Saint Philip Monumental A.M.E. Church, the Mother Church of African Methodism in the State of Georgia, in Savannah. In his golden years, he was a member of Fisher's Chapel United Methodist Church of Hardeeville, South Carolina.
Louis was no stranger to hard work and faithful service. He dedicated 25 years to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation as an Aircraft Mechanic. He was a football coach for the Forsyth Flames and major sports fan. Retirement allowed Uncle "Bo” to fulfill many dreams. His passion for 18-wheelers led him to start L&R Trucking Company. Louis loved Westerns and spent his blissful senior decades as an equestrian enthusiast in Jasper County, South Carolina. Uncle "Bo” adored his purebred horses—Penny, Patches, Fury, Georgia, and Sundance. He was a pioneer cowboy and served as organizer and treasurer of the legendary Carolina Cowboys.
After Naomi passed, Louis later married Richie D. Smalls-Reed. His parents, some siblings, nephew-son Johnny Fields, nephews Michael Cherry, Mitchell Cherry, and Bryan Golston also preceded him in death.
Louis gave his all to support his family and fellow cowboys. He spent his final season in Savannah surrounded by his sister-in-law, Alice, along with her children, grandchildren, and great grands. His Godson, Kelvin, was always a constant and attentive support. Surrounded by his loving family, Louis slipped peacefully into eternal rest just before dawn on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
Left to cherish Louis with a lifetime of memories: his sister-in-law and friend of nearly 60 years, Alice Whitaker Johnson; sister-in-law, Winifred Badger; children, Richard B. Johnson, II (Debra), Deidré Y. Johnson, Kimberli L. Johnson; beloved Godson, Kelvin Mason; Goddaughter, Aquillah Thomas; grandchildren, Adjhillah A. Johnson, Jasmine J. Warren, DiQuwan J. Johnson, Jordan Michael Tillman, and Brandon C. C. Fields; great-grandchildren, Kareem Ka'Den Wall and Armani Auriel Washington; siblings, Bobby Reed, James “J.D.” Reed, Irene Cherry, Patty Rogers; nieces and nephews, Juanda (Stanley) Perkins, Marcus Cherry (Meko), Deborah (Michael) Brackeen, Beverley Payton, Greg Payton, Darryl Payton, Sherry Plummer, Ronald "Shorty" Golston; special caregiver, Brandy Hills; fur babies, Khia Reed and Kolby Michael Tillman; and a host of other relatives and friends from the Midwest, New York, and Southeast.
Public viewing will be held 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2021 in the Chapel of Campbell and Sons Funeral Home, 124 W. Park Avenue, Savannah, GA. Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021 at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery, 1336 Dean Forest Road., Savannah, GA. 31405.
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