Carlton Barrow Reid Sr.

October 11, 1935April 5, 2014
Play Tribute Movie

ARLINGTON -- Carlton Reid, 78, a longtime resident of Arlington, departed this life Saturday, April 5, 2014, at a hospital in Dallas after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Carlton departed this life during a grieving but celebratory atmosphere, surrounded by his family. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Moore Funeral Home. Carlton Reid was a career Army officer and veteran of the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Army, Carlton became a regional director for the U.S. Health and Human Services for the southern region of the U.S. The son of Morris Henderson Reid and Alice Taylor Reid, Carlton grew up in Camden, N.J. He graduated from Camden High and attended West Virginia State University with a degree in business administration. After graduating from West Virginia State University in 1957, he began his career in the Army at Fort Sill, Okla., and completed training as an artillery officer. He served at Fort Ord, Calif., Schweinfurt, Germany, and Spring Valley, N.Y. Carlton subsequently commanded an air defense artillery battalion in Clementon, N.J. He was promoted to major by the Clementon commander at his home in Willingboro, N.J., prior to a tour in Vietnam in which he served as a civil affairs officer. He organized a massive drive for food, clothing and school supplies through articles in his hometown newspaper, The Camden County Courier-Post, and numerous public speaking engagements represented by his wife. He also received help from the Kiwanis and Key clubs of Willingboro, N.J., which conducted supply drives for men, women and children of all ages; a neighbor who was an independent trucker who moved the cargo to New York ports; and Catholic Relief Services, which ensured delivery in Vietnam. Throughout his career, he continued graduate studies in accounting and served as a comptroller at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Fort Amador, Panama Canal Zone, and Fort Monroe, Va., prior to retiring from the Army at Fort Bliss. He continued his service to his country as a federal employee at the Internal Revenue Service in Houston, from which he was recruited to the Department of Health and Human Services in Dallas, where he served for over 20 years. He rose to become a regional director in the Administration for Children and Families and a champion of Head Start pre-K programs. He also had an entrepreneurial spirit. He founded Reid Management and Associates, a home business that provided consulting, tax and accounting services to individuals and small businesses for over 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Alice Reid. Survivors: Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Bernice Reid, Ph.D., former president of the National League of American Pen Women and a retired Lamar High School teacher; his daughter, Dawn Carter, a CEEB benefits planner with Mercer; his sons, retired Army Col. Carlton Reid Jr., a Booz Allen Hamilton nuclear strategy consultant, Alan Reid founder and owner of EMPO Corp. of Minneapolis, Minn., and San Antonio, business consultant Michael Reid of Arlington, Associate Dean and Professor Christopher Reid, M.D., Ph.D., of Drew University, Los Angeles, Calif., and Air Force Maj. Jonathan Reid, assigned to Bolling Air Force Base, Md.; grandchildren, Jeremy Carter, Jerome Carter, Amanda Carter, Alan Reid Jr., Arianna Reid, Marcus Reid, Zachary Reid, Carlton Reid III, Isaiah Reid, Nathaniel Reid, Elizabeth Reid and Benjamin Reid; great-grandson, Jason Carter; son-in-law, Monaque Carter; and daughters-in-law, Grace Reid, Jacki Reid, Dhakshike Wickrema Reid and Jennifer Reid.


  • Visitation Friday, April 18, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 19, 2014

Carlton Barrow Reid Sr.

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Fern Vetter

June 30, 2014

Carlton was a special man who made everyone around him comfortable with his great sense of humor. In 2003 he made a special trip from Washington D.C. to join the festivities presented by the New Mexico State NLAPW Convention in honor of his wife Dr. Bernice S. Reid, President of the National League of American Pen Women. The five-day Convention was held in Truth or Consequences, NM and his surprise appearance was the "icing on the cake"! He certainly will be missed by all!
-Fern Morris Vetter
NM State President, NLAPW

George Campbell

April 19, 2014

Carlton Reid and I bonded the first time we met. Unfortunately, space does not allow me the full opportunity to pay tribute to a man who change my focus on how to live your life with a defined purpose having "God" and family as your driving force. He left a lot of himself in the lives of other and we are thankful his path crossed ours and blessed us with Grace, Love and Salvation.

April 16, 2014

Mr. Reid is gone and I will miss him. He was a true leader and I could always count on his good judgement and fairness. Having served in Vietnam I have not only lost a friend but I have lost a Brother. My sympathies go to his family and those near and dear to him. May he forever abide in our memory.
Bill Powell
Exe Director
South Plains Community Action Assoc. Inc.

Irma Guerra

April 15, 2014

Carlton gave energy and confidence to those who worked for young children and families. He held high standards for us to reach and was always available in case we needed help. He was dearly loved and respected.

Our prayers go out to his family who he dearly loved.

The Head Start and Early HS staff from South Plains Community Action.

Office of Head Start Region VI

April 15, 2014

This message is sent with deep appreciation and respect of our Head Start promoter, advocate and very much loved colleague, Carlton Reid.

Carlton understood the meaning of the word "team" and always focused on the good of the "team" as he made many great contributions to the Office of Head Start, helping us all to move forward personally and professionally in numerous ways.

His work here will not soon be forgotten. Please accept our sincere condolences for the family. Carlton was a remarkable man and everyone at the Office of Head Start is better for having known him. We were humbled by his kindness and compassion to everyone.


The Office of Head Start Region VI Team

Barbara Hankins

April 14, 2014

CARD Head Start would like to express to the family that we are a better program and people because of Mr. Reid , He often pushed and encouraged us to do our best and then do better ! Your family is in our prayers and may God's peace be with you during this time.

Peggy Young

April 13, 2014

Carlton was a professional with a strong character, but utmost a soldier. I am glad I got to know him at DHHS. My prayers go out to the family and friends.

Linda Cooper

April 13, 2014

I have attended many training sessions presented by Mr Reed. His dedication and love of life made the session memorable. He set the bar so high, few of us will ever be able to equal his contributions. May his family be comforted that he lives on in all the people he has inspired.

April 11, 2014

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Carlton Reid. He will be remembered for his years of dedicated service to those in need. The staff of CSNT Head Start.

April 11, 2014

Our Prayers are with the Reid Family! Thanks for your dedicated service to children and families.
SSISD Head Start