Lawrence “Larry” Reed of Little River SC, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at home surrounded by loved ones after a long illness. Larry was born on August 12, 1934, to the late Joseph and Frances Reed in Kersey, PA. He was the ninth of fourteen children.
Larry lived in the North Myrtle Beach area since his retirement from Welches. Prior to moving to Little River, Larry resided in Westfield, NY, after retiring from the Air Force in 1975. During his service in the Air Force, Larry served from the Korean War, to the Vietnam War at Greenland and various stations throughout the United States.
He enjoyed traveling and having fun. He made friends wherever he went. Family was very important to him, as well was being a veteran. Larry was a long time member of the American Legion.
He was a member of the North Myrtle Beach Assembly Of God, and also a past member of the Lakeshore Assembly of God in Westfield, NY. The Lord was a big part of Larry’s life.
Larry is survived by Janet Gilbertson, his longtime companion of 14 years; three children, Jeff (Sandy) Reed of Punta Gorda, FL; Kecia (Ramesh) Reed of Cary, NC; and Cindy Strickland of Cary, NC; three grandchildren, Shelby Melquist of Punta Gorda, FL; Morgan Melquist of Boston, MA; and Shirley Clipper of Washington, DC; and two great grandchildren, Natalie and Brooklyn of Washington, DC. Larry is also survived by three siblings, Bill Reed, Ray Reed, and Elsie Benden and their spouses. He also leaves behind his many nieces and nephews of his beloved family.
He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his siblings Mae, Lloyd, Bob, Lyle, Josephine, Ernie, Popeye, Genevieve, Jim, and Max; son-in-law Bernd (Sonny) and all of his wife’s family; Don, Gen, Steve, and Gertie.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Friday, June 9, 2017, at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens. Following the service, the family will gather at the North Myrtle Beach Assembly of God Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Dr. Little River, SC 29566 or to a veterans association of one’s choice.