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Funeral services for Benjamin Herman Reid, 93, of Good Hope, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Good Hope Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in the church cemetery, along with military and masonic honors. Bro. Ben White, Bro. Tommy Blackwood and Bro. Steve Rodgers will officiate. Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.
Cullman Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Reid passed away Thursday, Aug. 3, at Woodland Village. He was born Oct. 26, 1923, to Benjamin Homer and Cora Maggie Rabun Reid. Herman was a lifelong member and deacon at Good Hope Baptist Church, a graduate of Auburn University and member of Alumni Association; a World War II veteran and retiree with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Mr. Reid started the Cullman Chapter of Gideon's, and a charter member of both the Cullman and Hanceville chapters of the Civitans. He was on the Board of Directors for Cullman Mental Health, board member of Cullman County Child Development Center, a Mason of the Cullman Lodge No. 421, member of the American Legion, past Board of Directors for the Cullman County Cooperative, past moderator for the West Cullman Baptist Association, member of NARFE, member of Campers on Mission, a participant of Disaster Relief, and retired from Cullman Federal Land Bank, and was the first mayor of Good Hope.
Special request of the family, all Auburn fans e-requested to wear Orange and Blue "War Eagle."
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Evelyn Lawrence, Addie Messersmith, Daisy Reid and Ruth Reid; and four brothers, Tom Reid, Claud Reid, Glenn Reid and Cecil Reid.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Nina Gantt Reid; three daughters, Paula (Steve) Walker, Lauren (Don) Smith and Adrienne Reid; a son, Benjamin Herman (Pat) Reid Jr.; four grandchildren, Shannon Baxley, Andrea Talley, Chris Reid and Jake Walker; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler Baxley, Shae Baxley, Luke Reid and Ella Reid.
Visitation is from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the funeral home.
In lieu-of-flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Good Hope Cemetery Fund or to Gideon's International.
Published on August 4, 2017
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