“Occasionally in life you meet someone who inspires you. Someone who is able to push you further than just the experience of the moment.” These words without a doubt apply to Billy Carl Reid, 71, of Forney, Texas, who passed away at his home on Sunday, March 30, 2014, with his family at his side.
Interment will be on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at Dallas-Fort Worth National Veterans Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Following interment, a memorial service will be held at noon at New Hope Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 500 E. Hwy 80, Sunnyvale, Texas.
Bill was the son of Carl Dale and Earlene Reid. He was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Big Spring, Texas. He was a 1961 graduate of Coahoma High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda, in 1964 and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bill was a decorated veteran who served in the Army in the Vietnam War. He retired from UPS after 27 years of service. In 2004, he received the “Circle of Honor” award from UPS. In 1988, he was the founder and administrator of D.A.D. (Drivers Assisting Drivers) which today is known as STEPS.
He was a zealous advocate of cystic fibrosis research and was politically active in championing prenatal testing. Bill had an enduring entrepreneurial spirit, exhibited in his multiple business projects and enterprises in such diverse endeavors as owning and operating his own air conditioning service company, an energy conservation company, and a successful internet web service partnership.
Bill was a unique man who had his life’s priorities in order –— he honored God through his unyielding faith and commitment to living the Christian ethic; he was a true American patriot who served his country with courage and valor; and he loved his family completely and with an agape love without conditions or expectations.
Bill is survived by his wife, Linda, of Forney; sons, Eric Reid of Irving, Texas, and Devin Reid and daughter-in-law, Shauna, of Lucas, Texas; grandchildren, Elise and Landon Reid of Lucas; his father, Carl Dale Reid of Coahoma, Texas; brothers and their wives, Phillip and Shyrlee Reid of Coahoma, Mike and Linda Reid of Coahoma, Donald and Delinda Reid of Coahoma and Royce and Paula Reid of Liberty Hills, Texas, sister-in-law, Jolene Rutledge and husband, Drex of Burleson; brother-in-law, Bobby Rogers and wife, Melodye, of Colleyville; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his son, Kyle, and his mother, Earlene.
Bill was an amazing family man, friend, worker, and someone who wanted you to do better, work harder and just do. He continued to fight cancer so he could spend more time with his family and precious grandchildren. Despite his disease, Bill never stopped working and in the final stages of his fight against cancer he still wanted to establish his annual cystic fibrosis awareness webpage. He did this every year for his great-nephew Jared, who struggles daily with this disease. Bill was dedicated to using his efforts to help make CF stand, not for cystic fibrosis, but for Cure Found.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Bill to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.