Jacob David Reed

This remembrance is written from a father’s and mother’s heart…

Jacob David Reed (May 23, 1994-July 15, 2021), you are now reunited with your brother Justin Napier Reed (October 26, 1999-July 13, 2010). Your dad and mom, Jake and Holly Reed, hearts are desperately saddened. You will be missed by your sister’s, Hannah and Emma, for your big brother’s words of encouragement. Your younger brother’s, Joshua, Jabin and Jesse, will miss playing video games with you.

Jacob, we enjoy remembering your passion to play the guitar. You would play for Mary Jo at the nursing home or Ms. Amy’s preschool class. We will always think of you when we hear “Sweet Home Alabama” or any Johnny Cash song.

Jacob, we were so grateful for your willingness to take your wonderful special needs brother, Justin, to Handicamp week so he might experience several days away from home in a safe environment.

Jacob, we were elated when you wanted to become a nurse like your mom, grandma, and Aunt Linda. We were so proud to see you graduate cum laude with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Malone University in 2017. We appreciated your compassionate heart for your patients.

Jacob, we were so impressed by your ability to communicate. We smile remembering you practicing your prose and apologetic speeches for Christian Communicators of Ohio with your booming voice while mowing the grass.

Jacob, we will miss your sense of humor as you would tease your sister about her pronunciation of words when she was young. You would say, “Emma, it’s a chipmunk, not a chick monk. A chick monk is a nun!”.

Jacob, we will look back with fondness on the many fishing adventures that you had with your dad, Poppy, Uncle Matt, Uncle Dave, Grandpa, Ethan and Joshua.

Jacob, we were touched for the love you showed to Lenora Hensley, Ethan and Josie for the past six years.

Dear Thomas Lewis “Thomas the Loyal” and family, thank you being such a wonderful best friend to our son in life and even now.

Jacob, you will be greatly missed by your Mams (Karen Reed), Poppy (Jacob Reed), Grandpa (David Napier), Grandma (Marilyn Napier), Aunt Linda Wolfgang, Uncle Dave Napier, Aunt Bobbi Napier, Aunt Christina Reed, Uncle Matt Reed, Aunt Jennifer Reed, Aunt Kimberly Reed, and many cousins.

Jacob, we were there for your first breath. We read your favorite book Mr. Brown Can Moo until we had it memorized. We will cherish each milestone that we had the privilege to witness. Your dad and I were there for your last worship service, your last song, your last tears, your last breath, your final heartbeat. Jacob, we will truly miss the experience of growing closer together as we remember the fun times, push through the hard times, and learn to love and forgive. We will always love you.

We cling to one of the last verses we sent you, Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

A memorial service was held at East Lawn Cemetery on September 12, 2021. Our family is so grateful for all the prayers and support from our family and friends during this difficult time.