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Melvin Reed

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

WILSON CITY -- Melvin "Fats" Reed, 65, died Feb. 3, 2008, at his home.

Born July 29, 1943, in rural Charleston, to the late Jake and Mary Alice Keywood, he lived his entire life in Missouri. He was a member of the St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston and a retired farmer.

On Nov. 23, 1972, he married Anna Carthell, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include: seven sons, Darlyn Sanders and Larry Carthell of Chicago, Robert Lee Whitney of Atlanta, Melvin Louis Reed Jr. of Quincy, Ill., Frederick Carthell of Lansing, Mich., Alvin Tipler of East Prairie and Melvin Whitney of Charleston; six daughters, Jetta Stone of Saginaw, Mich., Glenda Craig of Lansing, Anna Jean Carthell of Kalamazoo, Mich., Lorrine Whitney of Phoenix and Evelyn Hawkins and Gloria Ivy of Milwaukee; four brothers, Wavey C. Reed and Willie B. Keywood of the state of Oklahoma, Wiley Reed of Memphis, Tenn., and George Reed of Charleston; one sister, Joann Talton of the state of Oklahoma; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation is schedulued from 11 a.m. until time of services at noon Saturday at the Bowden Civic Center in Charleston with the Rev. Wiley Reed officiating.

Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Williams Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge of arrangements.