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Dorothy J. Reed

Celebration of Life services for Mrs. Dorothy J. Reed will be Wednesday, October 19 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Reverend Matthew Meridieth officiating. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. with the service to follow at 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Reed, age 88, of Lebanon, passed away on October 16, 2022. Born December 27, 1933, in Smith County, she is the daughter of the late Phocian Dawson and John Lillie Parker Dawson. She was a graduate of Gordonsville High School and worked at Commerce Union Bank until the birth of her first son, at which time she devoted herself entirely to her family, her greatest joy and accomplishment. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and was an avid member of the Twin States Iris Society. Mrs. Reed’s irises were widely shared and still fill many gardens in Middle Tennessee.

Mrs. Reed was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend, always full of life and known for her spunk and playful pranks. She will be greatly missed, and the holidays will certainly never be the same.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, Kennard W. Reed, and her sisters, Jewel Bennett, Alma Conatser, Thelma Dawson, Joyce Gann, Flora Dean Dawson, Lera Bates, Hilda Marvelyne Place, Lorene Dawson Conatser, and her one brother, Floyd Dawson. Mrs. Reed and her husband, Kennard, were the last surviving siblings of their families.

She is survived by her two devoted sons, Jeffrey (Mollie) Reed and Christopher (Teresa) Reed, and four cherished granddaughters, Abby, Erin, Caroline and Catherine Reed.

Active pallbearers are David Earl Bates, Cody Gann, John Gann, Jason Ligon, Wayne Ligon, Bo Reed, Jeffrey Reed, and Christopher Reed.

Memorials may be made to the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center.

The family expresses eternal gratitude to the many devoted individuals at Home Instead of Lebanon and The Villages of Murfreesboro for their steadfast love and care for Mrs. Reed in her later days.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Brenda LaFevor says:
    Dorothy and I have been friends for many years – our families were always close and shared many happy times at Fairview Baptist Church. So sad to hear of her passing. Heartfelt condolences to Jeff and Chris and to all of the family. Much love.
    Brenda Reece LaFevor
  2. Clint Mathews says:
    Cris and Jeff Tried to reach by phone and missed you So sorry and will continue to remember you during this hard time.
  3. Marilyn Reid says:
    I miss Aunt Dorothy already. Jeff and Chris, much love to you. Such great memories of visiting Kennard and Dorothy!
  4. Sheryl & David Bates says:
    We will always cherish the afternoon visits we would have with Dorothy and Kennerd. The stories, jokes, questions that made our conversations so enjoyable and memorable. They both were such a sweet loving couple and now are celebrating their union again in heaven. Prayers are here for Chris and Jeffery along with the grandchildren and their many friends.