Deacon Clarence Reed, 92, of Minden, died August 30, 2012 in Minden.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. Minister Robert C. Reed will officiate. Burial will follow in Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden.
Visitation will be held today (Friday, Sept. 7, 2012) from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.
Clarence Reed was born on Jan. 8, 1920 to Mr. Jim and Mrs. Winnie "Brock" Reed in Cheneyville. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with a Baptist church in Cheneyville.
His family moved to Minden and he united with New Light Missionary Baptist. He attended school in the Webster Parish public school system and graduated from Webster High School in 1936.
After graduation, he entered into the United States Army, earning the rank of Second Lieutenant and received an Honorable discharge.
He was married to Miss Jewelleyn Woods from 1954 to 1981. They were the parents of four wonderful children.
He united with New Light Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, participated in Sunday school and sang in the senior choir. Mr. Reed was the architect who designed the blueprint for New Light Baptist Church which was constructed 50 years ago and continues to serve as the place of worship at 413 W. R. Reeder Street. He later became a charter member and one of the organizers of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church. There he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and sang in the senior choir.
Among his many gifts and talents were carpentry, music and art; of these, drawing was his favorite pastime. His original paintings of the baptism of Jesus presently grace the sanctuary over the baptism pool of New Light Baptist Church and in the former sanctuary of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church. His six foot original design themed: "Working Together in Peace, Love and Harmony," created in 1989 for the first "Parade of States" program at New Light Baptist Church continues to be used and shared with other churches throughout the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Mr. James Reed; and one sister, Mrs. Rosie B. Reed Styles.
Mr. Clarence Reed will greatly be remembered for his service to family, church and community.
He is survived by his four children, Mr. Bruce (Linda) Reed, Mrs. Audrey R. (Richard) Flournoy, Minister Robert (Shenetha) Reed and Mrs. April R. (Eric) Thomas of Minden; seven grandchildren; a special cousin, Mrs. Vivian S. Grant of Houston; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.