Harry Fisher Reed, Jr.

May 29, 1921October 8, 2013

Harry Fisher Reed, Jr. passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife Rosalind Rogers Reed and a daughter Mimi Carrel Reed. He is survived by his brother John Geissert Reed (Edwinna); his son Harry F. (Chip) Reed, III; four daughters, Anne Tennant West (Jim), Marcia Arnold Potempa, Rosalind Marie Carter(Stewart Wingate), and Lilia Victoria Pendergrast (Michael), nine grandchildren and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

Harry was a graduate of Central High School, attended MS State and after the war, attended Louisiana State University, where he received his BA degree in Business. He was a lifelong fan and bled purple and gold.

Harry volunteered for military service in 1943 and trained as a heavy bomber pilot. During his sixth mission on May 24, 1944, he was forced to bail out over Austria after his plane was hit by enemy fighter aircraft. He was taken prisoner and spent a year in three German POW camps, the most notable being Stalag Luft III, the site of the famous “Great Escape”.

Harry worked for years as a salesman for various Memphis businesses. He read profusely and favored books about Napoleon Bonaparte, the Civil War, American history, and especially military generals.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 AM on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at St. Louis Catholic Church, 203 South White Station, Memphis, TN. Visitation will take place one hour preceding the funeral mass. Burial is at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice or to St. Louis Catholic Church.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, October 12, 2013

Harry Fisher Reed, Jr.

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Jim Camp

October 11, 2013

My sincere condolences on Harry's passing.

Deborah Camp

October 11, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of Harry's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.

October 11, 2013

So sorry to hear of your father's death. Please know that I am thinking of your family during this difficult time. Becky Milton DeLoach