Robert D. "Bob" Reed, 76, of Hepzibah, and formerly of Bridgeport, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in United Hospital Center, following a brief illness.
Bob was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Orlando, a son of the late Kenneth and Mazel Henline Reed.
Bob married the love of his life, Florence M. Robilliard Reed, Sept. 24, 1966, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Shinnston. They were married for 47 blissful years.
Bob graduated from Victory High School in Clarksburg in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1964 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military service, Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Fairmont State College. He also attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Bob and Florence moved to Leesburg, Va., in 1968, where they both worked for AT&T. They returned to Bridgeport in 1973, and Bob became co-owner and manager of Ken Auto Sales in Clarksburg until 1991. He began working for the U.S. government in Bridgeport in 1997 until his retirement in 2013.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies, including photography, reading, discussing politics, collecting model cars and traveling in his motor home, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Family gatherings were always lively and memorable with Bob, and he used his photography skills to capture every moment. He also liked attending regular meetings with members of his graduating class from Victory High. He was an avid West Virginia University Mountaineers fan, a dirt track racing enthusiast and attended All Saints Catholic Church.
Prior to his stroke, Bob spent many weekends at local dirt racing tracks, including I-79 Speedway, Elkins Raceway and Tyler County Speedway. He served as official scorer for many races. He was also a writer and photographer and published weekly dirt track racing articles in several auto racing newspapers. He was founder of the West Virginia Automotive Dismantlers and Recyclers Association (WVADRA) in 1984 and was an active member until 1991. He was also previously a member of the Clarksburg Sports Car Club and the Northern Virginia Sports Car Club.
In addition to his beloved wife, Florence, Bob is survived by two daughters, Roberta "Bobbi Jo" and husband, Mark Gray, of Lost Creek and Melissa and husband, Clint McCabe, of Morgantown; two sisters, Patty and husband, Nick Lambernedis, of Clarksburg and Chyrl Hitt of Clarksburg; one brother, Lloye Reed and wife. Mary Ann. of Clarksburg; one brother-in-law, William Ashcraft and wife. Peggy. of Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Brandon and Lindsey Gray and Daphne McCabe; devoted caregiver, Kelly Bryant of Hepzibah; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Sue Ashcraft.
Bob had a big personality and an even bigger heart, and he maintained his trademark sense of humor throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank everyone who provided assistance with Bob's care in recent months, especially the staff at HealthSouth MountainView Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Morgantown.
The family will receive friends at Davis Funeral Home on Rt. 98/Clarksburg Sunday, March 23, from noon until 7:30 p.m. A vigil service will be conducted Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be conducted Monday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Benny Kappa Presiding. Interment will follow in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery with full military honors being accorded by the Harrison County Honor Guard and the US Army.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at DavisFuneralHomeWV.com. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and honored to serve the Reed family. (304-624-6344)