Gwendolyn Dolores Johnson Reed was born June 21, 1934, in Honey Grove, TX, to Evers Lee Johnson, Sr. and Tommie Evelyn McFatridge Johnson. She was a 1952 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, and later became an insurance agent and District Manager for Pyramid Life Insurance Company. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, she served as President of the PTA at Sam Taylor Elementary. During the time her children played sports, she proudly took on the title of “Team Mom” and was at every one of their games or anything in which they were involved. She was a Red Hatter, and a former member of Hazel Street Church of Christ, and later a member of the Highway 79 Church of Christ. Her hobbies included gardening and growing flowers (especially roses), baking and cooking, and being part of family get-togethers and vacations.
Gwen passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at her home after an 8-year battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hollis Lee Reed; her son, Hollis Lee “Sonny” Reed, Jr.; a grandson, Reid Livingston; great-granddaughter, Morgan Norrell; and sister, Carolyn Bryant.
Survivors include her five daughters, Evelyn (James) Harrison, Belinda Lawson, Patricia Tole,
Regina Staton, and Syble Livingston; 12 grandchildren, Gwen (Wendi) Rochelle, Andrew Clague and wife, Melanie, Vieona Payne and husband, Billy, Revel Lee Reed, Dylan Reed, Landon Reed, Odessa Stayton and husband, Mike, Jessie Lynn Findley and husband, Willis, Ezra Tole, Gwendolyn (Torey) Jallow, Brittaney Shay Burrough and husband, Cody, and Hillary Livingston; 13 great-grandchildren, Ben Wadley, Rhys Rochelle, Sophie Rochelle, Neely Coggins, Naomee Reed, Natalee Payne, Phoebe Norrell, Carli Findley, Quentin Findley, Hollis Jallow, Circe Staton, Jenna Marie Sestak, and Winter Burrough; one great-great-grandson, Barrett Sestak; brother, Evers Lee (Sonny) Johnson, Jr. and wife, Rebecca; niece, Holli Bryant Miller; nephew, Greg Johnson; special cousin, Regina Niemeyer.
Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with funeral services following at 11:00 A.M. with Mr. Clarence Fell officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband in Brown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Highway 79 Church of Christ, 4341 S Camden Rd, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
The family will be at the home of Regina Staton.