Charles Doyle Reed is the youngest son of George C. Reed and Ruby Katherine Reed. Doyle was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on October 1, 1943 and passed away December 27, 2017 at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 26 days.
Doyle entered military service in 1961 at the age of 17. He served his country in the Navy and was deployed to Vietnam aboard the Navy Destroyer USS Turner Joy. Doyle served in the Navy for three years and was honorably discharged. He worked for the Military Sea Transportation Service for the next 8 years, transporting troops to and from Vietnam.
Doyle met and married Lois Rich in 1973. Doyle and Lois have had 44 years together as husband and wife and have raised two daughters and two sons. Over the years, Doyle worked as a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and tower crane operator. he also worked as a labor foreman for Manhattan Construction. One of his favorite jobs was as superintendent on the Rhema Sanctuary in Tulsa. He was a farmer at heart and loved to raise animals and a big garden.
Doyle gave his heart to the Lord in 1989 and began his walk with Jesus. He loved to tell stories about how God had worked in his life. He has a wonderful testimony. In 2001, Doyle and Lois founded the Ezra House Family Life Center in Haskell, Oklahoma. Doyle continued to work, supporting his family until the age of 68 when an accident forced him to retire. But he never retired from serving the Lord. We rejoice that he is no longer suffering and is in the presence of the Lord with family and friends who have gone on before.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, George and Kate Reed and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife Lois, of the home; brother Grover Reed of Kansas, OK; sister Burmah and husband Frank Thompson of Stilwell, OK; two daughters, Tildee Norton and husband Keith of Glenpool, OK, Beth Crisp and husband Vincent of Kansas, OK; two sons, Dan Reed of Kansas, OK, Cory Reed and wife Jannie of Bixby, OK; two sisters-in-law, Ava and husband Preston Brannon of Stilwell, OK, Joelene and husband Dana Lyon of Tontitown, AR; grandchildren, Montana, Mitchell and Emily Norton, Ardis, Elijah, Olivia and Cotton Crisp and Charlie Reed. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Hart Memorial Chapel with Pastor Shawn Petree officiating. Interment will follow at Academy Cemetery in Evansville, Arkansas under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Stilwell.
No other man in my life ever reminded me so much of my own Daddy than Doyle did. I will always miss him until we meet again! Such a gentle giant of a true Godly, man of honor and integrity. He and Lois were so instrumental in the Alpha program and made so many memories that we still talk about today! When you make someone your friend, it is just natural that they leave a big hole when they are gone. I wish I could have a couple more friends like Doyle was. There are so few left in the world with his characteristics and humor to boot! :) Praying the Holy Spirit will comfort you Lois and family.
Dallas SmithMounds, OK
Remembering and honoring a man who had a great gentleness about him and was respectful of all earthly and heavenly things.
Doyle would make friends with everyone he encountered. He brought a feeling of peace and calmness where ever he was.
I know he and Lois looked after many people and made a great team.
I truly believe the Lord will say: Well done. You finished the race well.
You will be missed Doyle.
Millie Sanabria-TerryWinter Haven, FL
Lois, I love you and wanted to come today. My heart and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate the life of an awesome man. May the Lord send His angels to comfort you and give you strength. Blessings, Iris
Iris DeurmyerHinton, OK
RIP Doyle, I am confident that you are enoying a great reunion with our beloved Jesus,family and friends. You will be greatly missed here. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and sweet spirit and
Doyel may be out of sight, but he has definitely left his foot print on our heart. I'm certain he is at the front of the line to receive his heavenly reward. Thank you for your many sacrifices, sir. We have been blessed. Thankfully, we know we shall all meet again. Love to the Reed family.
Shirley ScharbroughHaskell, OK