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Ridout's Trussville Chapel

1500 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL

OBITUARY

Andrew David Reed

September 22, 1949July 10, 2019

Andrew David Reed of Trussville, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the age of 69. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 22, 1949, to the late Andrew David Reed, Sr. and Mary Stallings Reed. David graduated from Phillips High School in 1969 and was married to his high school sweetheart, Wilma Sue Reed, for 49 years before her passing in May of 2018. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. After over 35 years, David retired from the United States Postal Service in 2009. He spent much of his time volunteering with Pinson Valley youth sports. All who knew and loved David will miss him. Left to cherish his memory are his three sons, Jeffrey Reed of Tyler, TX; Brian (Karun) Reed of Ocala, FL; and Jason (Tiffany) Reed of Trussville, AL; four grandchildren, Thomas Reed; Sarah Reed; Susannah Reed; and Rachel Reed; sister, Cathy (Ron) Ashley; and a host of extended family and friends. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Alabama National Cemetery, (3133 Hwy 119, Montevallo, AL 35115), on Friday, July 12, 2019, at 10:00 AM. The family requests memorial donations are made in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or by phone 855-448-3997.

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, July 12, 2019

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Stu Ledwith

July 14, 2019

The first time I met him he was not David, Pops, Reed, he was a shy, skinny kid just arriving from stateside. He was “Andy” Reed, he was to work with me in the supply room. He slowly warmed to the rest of the Boyz of Cu Chi and became one of this Band of Brothers. Carol and I enjoyed meeting David and Wilma in our reunions, we will miss them both dearly. Godspeed David! “You have been a good and faithful servant!”

John Argiro

July 11, 2019

The first time I met David "Pops" Reed, he was an 18 year old kid with fatigues that were a bit baggy. He had orders to take over the supply unit of Company A. David began hanging out with us and we got to know the real David. Loved good stories, gags and most of all we loved him. We found out Wilma was pregnant with Jeffrie and we all became surrogate fathers. When Jeff was born, David became Pops because Big Joe of Chicago fame liked the name. David was very good soldier at all times. One time he received a call to go to flight line to deliver a 50 caliber gun to a helicopter waiting. He delivered the weapon to the door gunner. With the urgency, the gunner lifted David into the copter and delivered David and the 50 to Cambodia. When Pops called us to rescue him we laughed so hard he hung up on us. The Boyz of Cu Chi were men of great character, high moral fiber, and we always knew we were a band of brothers. Through David, we knew Wilma and Jeff and David's love for Wilma. When we found each other we carried on like we had never been separate. Suzi and I cherish the moments we share together. I shall miss David a lot. The Boyz of Cu Chi, Steve Glaub, Maurice "Butch" Brewer, Don Langford, Joe J. Corso, James Golden, Dr. Stuart Ledwith, William "Clancy" Cloonan Esq. and John Argiro salute you our dear friend. RIP

Bill Cloonan

July 11, 2019

To the family,

I served in Viet Nam with Dave "Pops" Reed. We had a group which I call the "Gang of Five". We became very close friends who watched over one another. After so many years apart, we finally reunited. I was so happy to meet Wilma who was one of the most awesome persons I ever met. I know that her passing was so difficult for Dave and I am sure that he is with her now.

I have such happy memories of Dave and our days together. When we met, I found that he still had that great sense of humor and could remember all of the crazy antics that we got into...when we weren't busy winning the war.

Dave was a wonderful person, a caring friend and a great soldier. His family should be very proud. We send our deepest condolences and please know that he and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

Sincerely,

Bill "Clancy" and Kathleen Cloonan
Kingston, New York

Tricia Turner

July 10, 2019

We are saddened to hear of David’s passing. Johnny and I both went to high school with David and Wilma years ago. Thanks to technology we were back in touch sharing wonderful family adventures.

Two very special people that will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. John and Tricia Turner

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY