Johnny Calvin Reed

johnny calvin reed
ARLINGTON -- Johnny Calvin Reed, Ph.D., Ed., 78, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Arlington. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, with Kevin Holt officiating. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice. John was born June 24, 1935, in Mansfield, Ark., to Johnnie Reed and Jamie Odel Griffith Reed. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and served as a petty officer second class. Johnny was a photographer's mate and enjoyed a lifelong hobby of photography. An Arlington resident for the past 33 years, he was a member of Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church. John worked for numerous years as a professor of nursing education at the University of Texas at Arlington and was a licensed family counselor. He loved to travel and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, drinking coffee and conversation. John gave of himself to so many; he was a Vitas Volunteer and Carter Blood Center platinum Blood donor for many years. Survivors: Wife, Lea Reed; sons, Paul Sessel and Chris Reed and wife, Michelle; daughter, Heidi C. Beth and husband, R.B.; stepdaughters, Jeanine Camp, Laurel Andrews, Sonia Hannah, Valorie Reed and Kathleen Woods; brother, Joe Bob Reed; sisters, Frankie Almanza, Carolyn Andrews, Sandra McGowen and Jaunell Reed; and 15 grandchildren.

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  1. Dear Chris,
    I would send to you and to all your family my personal condolence for this sad moment, sure that your father will be live in your hearts and in your minds.

  2. The Panini Group CEO, Mr. Aldo Hugo Sallustro, and all the Italian colleagues participate to Christopher’s and his family sorrow for the loss of Mr. Reed.

  3. Johnny was a great classmate in the class of 1953 at Winters High School, Winters, Texas, I remember his camera being active there for the school annual staff. I’m praying for Lea and the family.

  4. When I think of John, I remember his generosity, helpfulness, kindness and caring. I am happy to have known John and worked with him starting in the 1970’s. He will be greatly missed.

  5. When I read the obituary, the thing that triggered many memories was “loved coffee and conversation”. I recall many mornings (and afternoons) at the College of Nursing when John would be in the hallway holding that coffee cup and talking in that soothing voice that I can still hear in my head. His impact on so many lives is his legacy.

  6. I graduated with Johnny at Winters High School. He was always a happy fun loving person. I am so sorry for your lose.

  7. Dear Lea and family Joe and I send our deepest sympathy in your loss of Johnny. We missed him at the Class reunion in September.
    We could always count on a Christmas card from him. Please help us stay in touch with you and the children. We would have loved to be at the memorial service to honor him it just wasn’t possible. We will be praying for you. Kindest regards, Joe and Glenda Bryan

  8. I worked with John for many years at UTA and he was a great encourager.. I remember when he helped me develop a time line for my dissertation.. to keep me from getting discoruaged. He had a biofeedback chair in his office what was really unique.. and yes, he loved his coffee. He will be greatly missed.

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