Travis Dean Reed
April 1, 1927  -  May 4, 2019

Travis Dean Reed

Funeral Service
Ft. Gibson National Cemetery
Ft. Gibson, OK  74464
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:00 am

Ft. Gibson National Cemetery
Ft. Gibson, OK  74464
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Travis Dean Reed the son of James Arlie and Minnie Alvie (Cox) Reed was born April 1, 1927, in Cane Hill, Arkansas and departed this life on May 4, 2019, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 3 days.

Dean enjoyed life and loved having a good time. He met the love of his life during the time of his sister's wedding and 30 days later, he married her. He and Lois Campbell Reed were still testing the waters of marriage over 67 years later. Dean's passion was music, and he was a musician. He has built nearly 40 steel guitars over the years. He was a pioneer in establishing the local steel guitar association. He was asked to go on tour with Mel Tillis, but his passion that surpassed any other was his family, since he had already started his family he turned down the touring opportunity. Dean loved to fish, and he wasn't afraid of hard work. In fact, he was working around the house even 8 weeks before his death. In his later years he has learned to enjoy western movies, because he has taken the time to sit and watch them. Dean would do anything, and he would get it done quickly, he was not a procrastinator and whatever task was at hand it was sure to be completed before you knew it. Dean touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Joy, his infant brother James, and his infant granddaughter Chanelle.

He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife of over 67 years, Lois Reed; his daughters Denise Reed of the Republic of Panama and Felecia Lawrence of Park Hill; his son-in-law Jerry Whitlock of Boca Raton, FL; his sister Belle Carte of Tahlequah; 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him.


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  1. Barbara E. Storment
    Park Hill,, OK

    I had the Pleasure of Finally Meeting Mr. Reed, & Listening 2 some of his Fabulous music, & seeing a few of his Steel Guitars. What a Fine man he was, with Tremendous Talents, & Love for his Family.
    I Was Honored to visit with his Sweet Daughter Felecia, & "Dean" Several weeks ago, and so Thankful, that I Did, while I had the opportunity. I Regret Not Meeting him Well Before that.
    God Bless his Family, & my Prayers is that All of us Will be in Heaven, Forever Together, With Our Heavenly Father 1 Fine Day Amen ! ! ! ♡

  2. N perez
    , GA

    May I offer my sincere condolences. May your hearts find comfort in God's Word where it states: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord will wipe the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25:8) May your loved one awaken to a world where there will be peace, no sickness (Isaiah 33:24), and no more troubles (Revelation 21:4) throughout eternity (Psalm 37:29). May your hearts find comfort and hope in God’s Word, family, friends and good memories at this time. My deepest sympathy to you.

  3. Rhonda Morrison ( Emmons)
    Muskogee, OK

    Just heard about your Dads death, no words can say how hard it is, May God hold your family in the palm of his hands ! My prayers are with you, and keep those BIG beautiful SMILES your DAD & Mom gave you all. Sincerely, Rhonda (Emmons) Morrison

  4. Kristie (Garland) Jones
    Stigler, OK

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Reeds passing. He was definitely one of a kind. I think of our trips to the eye doctor often. Was such a joy to take him. Glad I was able to get to know him and Lois.

  5. Virgil and Jenny Dameron
    Park Hill, OK

    Dean was a good friend and neighbor of ours for 30 years he will be truly missed by all.

  6. Sharon Wilmon
    Park Hill, OK

    Dean was a wonderful man. I loved his laugh and sense of humor. I learned a lot from him. Feel very fortunate to have spent time with him. Loved him very much and will miss him.

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