ALLEN, Texas — Jeff Reed, 55, of Allen, Texas, died Monday, December 16, 2013, at his home. He was born April 12, 1958, in Pine Bluff, Ark. to Johnnie C. and Georgia Bethea Reed.
He attended school at White Hall and graduated from a school in the Dallas area. Jeff was a retired employee of The City of Dallas after 31 years of service!
When Jeff set his mind on something he could do almost anything, he was either “all in or not at all in”.
Jeff was an avid outdoors man and a prolific turkey hunter. In fact he was the “Wild Turkey Federation of Texas” calling champion! The subsequent year he got 2nd in Owl Hooting! He took his hobbies serious!!
Which leads me to his music prowess? Jeff was known as the “Harpman” in the DFW Blues Scene. He’s played every venue with everyone on the local scene....Hash Brown Band, Anson Funderberg etc. Just to name a few and was a close and dear friend to the late great “Sweet Sam Meyers”. It was Sam who taught Jeff how to play and coined the name “Harpman”. Jeff was considered one of the premier harmonica players in town, and he was!!
Jeff rode with a Harley Davison group in the Dallas area and was the president of the club at one time.
For years he was Camp Master in Comanche, Texas, at the best deer camp I think anyone’s ever been to. “He took his hobbies serious, all in”.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie C. Reed and his stepfather, Bud Jenkins, Jr.
Jeff leaves behind his mother, Georgia Bethea Reed Jenkins; three sisters, Debra & (Carl Waits) of White Hall Ark., Gail Heroman of Plano Texas and Melanie Reed of St. Louis Ill.; two nieces; two nephews; four great nieces and two great nephews. Jeff is going back to his childhood home in Arkansas for burial.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2013, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating.
Private burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Sunday, 1 p.m. until start of service at Robinson’s.
The family will be at the home of Debra Waits, 1101 McGehee Street, White Hall, Ark. Memorials may be made to Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603. Online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.