VILLE PLATTE It is with the heaviest of hearts that the family of James Albert Reed, Sr., 90, announces the death of their patriarch. James passed away peacefully, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by members of his beloved family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 PM Friday, September 26, 2014 at The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church of Ville Platte, with Rite of Committal to follow in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum with Fr. Brian Harrington as Celebrant.
James leaves behind his devoted wife of fifty seven years, Betty Fontenot Reed and their children: James Albert Reed, Jr., Cynthia R. Soileau and her husband, Jody, William Louis Reed, Catherine R. Lafleur and her husband, Mark, Christopher Paul Reed and his wife, Natalie, Joseph Odin Reed and his wife, Krista, Gregory John Reed and Kenneth Luke Reed and his fianc, Ashlee Dupre. His legacy will be carried forward by his nineteen grandchildren and his eleven great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his only surviving sibling, Hampton Reed, one aunt, Bessie G. Shannon and a host of nieces and nephews. James was blessed with a large and loving family and their cherished memories of him will forever remain etched upon their hearts.
James served his beloved country with great honor and pride during World War II as a member of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron he continued his service as a dedicated member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 3803. He was a man of strong faith and believed in serving his Savior he was a long time usher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1754.
James provided for the well being of his family as an educator, he influenced many young lives while teaching at T. H. Harris Vocational Technical Institute of Opelousas. After retiring in 1995, he began pursuing another passion he became very active in the Evangeline Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
He will now reunite in Heaven with his parents, Wade and Elta Guillory Reed and his siblings: Clinton Reed, Margaret R. Fontenot and Alice R. Marcantel. Their reunion will surely be a joyous occasion.
The family would like to send their most sincere gratitude to the devoted nurses, private sitters and all of the wonderful staff at Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care for their excellent care and loving support during this most difficult time.
At the request of the Reed family, visitation will be held at Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte beginning at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 25, 2014 until 8:00 PM that evening and resume at 8:00 AM Friday morning and will continue until the time of the service. Deacon Chuck Ortego will be leading a Recitation of the Rosary, in James honor, Thursday evening at 6:30 PM.
Family and friends may view the online obituary andor leave words of comfort for the Reed family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte, 3373632181.