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Oak Lawn Funeral Home

619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

Jesse Lee Reed

June 5, 1932January 5, 2020
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Jesse Lee Reed, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Jesse and his family were longtime residents of Pensacola, Florida. Jesse was born in Bowen, Kentucky on June 5, 1932 to William and Anna Reed. He spent the majority of his childhood and early adulthood in Kentucky. After Graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 1954, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and spent the next 23 years serving his country. After an illustrious career as a naval jet pilot he and his wife, Lalia, opened their own real estate brokerage locally. Several years later he returned to aviation as a civilian flight instructor, where he taught for another 20 years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling with his family and friends. He was a loyal University of Kentucky fan. Jesse was always kind and generous. He never knew a stranger and had many lifelong friends. He was a founding member of Perdido Bay Methodist Church and an active participant in church activities. Jesse is preceded in death by his wife, Lalia Muriel Reed; eldest daughter, Susan Reed Clayton; and youngest brother, Dennis Reed. He is survived by his yougest daughter, Kelly Reed West: grandchildren, Jessica Clayton Schipp, Leyla Alexandria West, Anna Lucille Clayton and Shawn Cameron West. He is also survived by his younger brother Ronald ( Mary Lou) Reed of Valparaiso, Florida. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Monday, January 13th at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 11:00 am at Perdido Bay United Methodist Church with interment immediately following at Barrancas National Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Lalia Muriel Reed, Wife (deceased)
  • Susan Reed Clayton, Daughter (deceased)
  • William Reed, Father (deceased)
  • Anna Reed, Mother (deceased)
  • Kelly Reed WEst, Daughter
  • Jessica Clayton Schipp, Granddaughter
  • Leyla Alexandria West, Granddaughter
  • Anna Lucille Clayton, Granddaughter
  • Shawn Cameron Wesr, Grandson
  • Ronald Reed (Mary Lou), Brother

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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David Hammon

January 15, 2020

Miss ya Jess. Lots of great flights with Jess while in VT86. He was always a pro. David "Reggie" Hammon

Donna Newlon

January 9, 2020

Uncle Jess was a wonderful man and we were so blessed to be part of his and Laila’s lives. He was a second father to us, a friend, and one of the biggest influences in our lives. We loved him dearly and will miss him. Our condolences to the entire family. He was very much loved. Donna and Gary Newlon

Bob & Jean Stamper

January 9, 2020

Jess and I are first cousins,Jeanie & I will miss him greatly.Some of my very favorite memories are the times spent in Bowen Ky.The entire Reed family has always been held in the highest esteem.Jess was always the kind of person I was proud to look up to and never disappointed my expectations.

Charline McMillan Kirk

January 7, 2020

Mr. Jess will always be one of the finest men I have known. Kelly and Seaglades will miss him terribly as they have missed Ms. Leyla. Great man. Great man.

Dennis and Pat Myers

January 7, 2020

Dennis and Pat Myers

January 7, 2020

Jesse was one of a kind! There is not enough space to write all of his great traits. What a kindhearted man. He was highly respected by myself and my wife. He had a way of always making you feel special and important. Jesse was like family to Pat and myself . He has been a family friend for very many years . He always had a story or two to share.
Dennis always looked forward to their golfing excursions.
Kelly our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and all of you.r family. Jesse will be greatly missed.

Debbie Comstock-John

January 7, 2020

I was lucky enough to meet Uncle Jess and Aunt Laila through my in-laws, Neil and Sherry Comstock, many years ago. They were the absolute best people I've ever met. They always made everyone feel welcome and they didnt know a stranger. We always looked forward to our visits with them over the years when we made it to Florida. They were a one of a kind couple and we loved them! Prayers and thoughts go out to their family and friends!

Marge Ryan

January 7, 2020

Our very special thoughts and prayers are with the family!
Jess was a wonderful friend and will be missed!
Love, Marge and Jim

Neil Comstock

January 7, 2020

I met Jess for the first time over 30 years ago. He had the attention of everyone in the room with a navy pilot story! We seemed to hit it off from the start. A family relationship turned into what I feel was a close personal friendship. He was my friend and mentor and I will miss him.

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