Mr. William David Reid, 84, of Hickory passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley.
Bill was born in Hickory to parents Rosa Belle Simpson Reid and John Randolph Reid. He was employed in the mechanical field and worked his entire career for Link Iron Works as a certified welder and fabricator. Bill served in the United States Army as a military policeman and served in Europe during the Korean War from 1950-1953 where he met his lifelong love, Frieda. Bill enjoyed fishing in his younger years and was an avid sports fan especially when watching Carolina basketball. He was a long time member of West Hickory Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, Frieda Stanus Reid, he was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Annie Mae Reid, John Reid, Rosa Parham, Elizabeth Taylor, and Maude Link. Survivors include his daughter, Bebe Leitch and husband, Ron, and his son, Rudy Reid. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Hedy Murphy and husband John, Graeme Cummings and fiancé Brittany Burns, Holly Reid, Annabeth Leitch, Mackey Leitch, a great granddaughter, Addison Murphy. Other survivors include a sister, Ruby Guest, and brother-in-law John Link and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give recognition to a special niece, Susie Macijewski who has been a loving and dedicated caregiver for the last three years. The family would also like to give special recognition to the dedicated and loving staff of Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley especially to Melanie, Anna, Janice, Christina and others.
Funeral services will be held at West Hickory Baptist Church at 3 pm Sunday, June 24, 2012 with the Rev. Scott Frady officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 2 to 3pm. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery following the service with full military rites.
Memorials may be made to West Hickory Baptist Church, 40 12th St, N.W., Hickory, NC 28601, to Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3795 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 and to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 78517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.