James F Reed
January 24, 1933 – August 15, 2020
James Franklin Reed, affectionately known as Jim and “Grampa Grumpy,” passed away in his home Saturday, August 15th, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. Jim was born in Lewiston, Maine, on January 24th, 1933, to Charles and Helen (Bogues) Reed. While still in high school, Jim made the decision to join the Navy. After 4 years of service and fighting passionately for his country in the Korean War, Jim returned to Rhode Island to finish his studies and graduate high school. He then re-enlisted in the Coast Guard and proudly served his country for an additional 18 years before retiring. During his time as a Coast Guardsman, Jim proudly served as lighthouse keeper for numerous lighthouses along the New England coast. After his retirement, Jim and his family relocated to Wilmington, NC, in 1980. In his later life he worked as a night security guard, continued his education at Cape Fear Community College, and pursued his passions which included fishing and woodworking.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Helen Reed, his sisters Connie Jedrey (and husband Danny) and Joan Hetu (and her husband Dick), as well as his son-in-law John Pfeiffer. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Kathleen V. Reed of Hampstead, NC, and his children: Lee Lamkin (Scott) of Middleton, MA; Cheri Pfeiffer of Wilmington, NC; James Reed (Mary) of Knoxville, TN; Michael Reed (Susan) of Winter Haven, FL; Kevin Reed (John) of Knoxville, TN; and Kim Beavers (Dave) of Castle Hayne, NC. Jim also leaves behind 22 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family will gather for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 27th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Long Leaf Park (Shelter 5) to honor his memory.
The family would like to express their most sincere thanks and love to Linda Taylor and Liberty Hospice for all of the wonderful help and care, with special thanks to Nurse Heather, Nurse Jacklyn, CNA Tanisha, and CNA Desiree. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jim Reed to: American Legion Post 10, 702 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28409.
To my Loved Ones,
Do not mourn, for a new adventure awaits me. Through the darkness I see a guiding light - shining, beaconing me to the safe shores of Heaven where my mother, father and sisters await. On these new shores, I am free. Though I may not be there in person anymore, my keepers spirit will always be there to watch over each of you. For just as I did in life, I now serve as a keeper in Heaven - stationed in the tall lighthouse that will one day guide each of you to join me. Until then, live each day with love, joy, and each other. Know that when you, too, look to the ocean, my love rides towards you on each passing wave. My life was full, blessed, and fulfilled because you were each a part of it. With pride I served my country and now I go to join the divine ranks. Here I have found peace: a lighthouse keeper in heaven. I’ll keep my light shining for each of you.
Your “Grumpy” Lighthouse Keeper
(Written with love, and in memory, by Jim’s great granddaughter)
James F Reed
August 21, 2020
I will miss our mornings together watching the "Golden Girls" and sharing Milano cookies. I enjoyed the wonderful stories you told about your life in the Navy and the Coast Guard. You truly made my days with laughter and I will treasure them always!
August 20, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss😥
August 20, 2020
I can remember the times we went fishing together...Along with Charlie Lincoln...