James Reed

James E. Reed

Monday, July 3rd, 1944 - Friday, January 31st, 2020
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Dr. James E. Reed, age 75, a resident of Dothan, died early Friday, January 31, 2020 at Flowers Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church of Dothan with Dr. James B. Sanders III and Reverend Jack Hinnen officiating. Dr. Charles Strong will be providing eulogy.

The family will be receiving friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to services in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Respite Care Ministry at FUMC, 1380 W. Main St., Dothan, AL. 36301.

Dr. Reed was born on July 3, 1944 in Mathiston, Mississippi the son of Joseph Everette Reed and Mary Ann Johnson Reed. He grew up in Columbus, Mississippi and was a 1962 graduate of Lee High School. After graduation he attended Clarke Memorial Junior College in Newton, Mississippi and then received his undergraduate degree at Samford University in Birmingham. Dr. Reed later received his Masters and Ed D degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and later another Masters Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Reed served in Education and Ministry in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina for 50 years. He was a gifted teacher who influenced the lives of countless students. He enjoyed the classroom and the opportunities it presented to engage his students. He taught at Mississippi College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Northwest Mississippi Community College. Dr. Reed was a past member of the Dothan Rotary Club and a member of First United Methodist Church of Dothan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Jane Reed, Dothan; son, David Reed (Hope), Muscle Shoals; daughter, Amanda Reed Taylor (Brent), Dothan; 4 grandchildren, Aliee, Graham and Addison Reed, Muscle Shoals and Reed Taylor, Dothan; sister, Lynda Wiggins (Joe), Millport.

Glover Funeral Home of Dothan has been entrusted with the arrangements. (334) 699-3888. Please sign the guestbook online at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 1:45pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm
    First United Methodist Church
    1380 West Main Street
    Dothan, Alabama 36301
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  • Memorial Service

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    1380 West Main Street
    Dothan, Alabama 36301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. James B. Sanders III
    Rev. Jack Hennin
    Dr. Charles Strong


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Sheila Taylor

Posted at 02:20pm
We have such fond memories of Dr. Reed and Jane from New Orleans Seminary. My husband, Ken Taylor, teaches Missions at NOBTS. He was in the Doctoral program when James was a professor here. Jane taught our son, Justin in the 5th grade at Ganus School. I will always remember Dr. Reed's love for students, not just seminary students but the younger students on campus. He coached a baseball team for young guys and our son was on the team. We have some of the best memories of baseball games in which James Reed was the coach. He was so patient and kind with the boys. We are thankful for the Reed family and all that they meant to our Seminary campus

Charlotte Williams

Posted at 08:37am
James Reed was a down to earth, caring, and sincere pastor and friend. I shall never forget his kindness and his sense of humor. I knew him at First Baptist Church in Dothan, Al, and always respected and admired him. My prayers for his family.

Pat, Amanda, Lauren, Brie and Chrissy

Posted at 04:54pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your State Farm Family sends their deepest condolences.
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Posted at 07:27pm
james and I go back to Clarke college over 50 yrs ago.. He was JR then. We later renewed our friendship at New Orleans. We lost touch later. He was always a good friend. I remember him as being a kind,compassionate, and caring person. I am saddened by his passing. Ed Hamilton

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Posted at 04:35pm
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