Dr. James D. Reed

Dr. James D. Reed, 75 passed away on July 9 2017.  He succumbed to complications from leukemia.    He was the son of Delos Dexter Reed and Evelyn Hester Reed.  He was born on February 10, 1942 and grew up in Waco, AL.  While attending Russellville High School he played football and baseball.  Upon graduating high school in 1960, he entered Florence State University (UNA).  Before completing his undergraduate studies, he enlisted in the Alabama National Guard.  At the completion of his military service, He worked as a foreman at US Reduction Co. in Russellville, AL.  After working for 3 years, he chose to leave the company and continue his studies at Florence State.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 1969. 

He applied and was accepted to the University of Alabama Dental Program in the fall of 1970 and completed his DMD in 1974.  He started his dental practice in the Edgewood community of Homewood and remained there for 41 years.  He was beloved by his patients and staff.

A prolific artist throughout his life, he was always creating.  Whether it was comic caricatures for his Dental School yearbook or canvases that were displayed in his dental office. He enjoyed travelling the world to such destinations as Kenya, Peru, Chile, Alaska, and Lake Tahoe.  However, the place he enjoyed most was Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. 

He is survived by his son, Brandon Delos Reed, Atlanta, GA; granddaughter, Olivia Grace Reed, Atlanta, GA; Sisters Mary Jane Cole (husband Daniel Wayne Cole), Morris AL and Carol Sue Frederick. Spruce Pine, AL; Nephews Daniel Reed Cole, Cullman, AL and David Wayne Cole (wife Karen Cole) Morris, AL; and Niece Farah Michele Frederick, Spruce Pine, AL; He was preceded in death by his nephew, Michael Hugh Frederick, Russellville, AL.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society in memory of Dr James D. Reed.

The visitation will be at his dental office; 112 Broadway St. Homewood, AL Saturday July 22 from 11am – 1pm; Call 205-847-1415.


  1. Celia Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I am so sorry to read about Dr Reed. He was my dentist in the late 70’s. I went to him several years. He was always so funny. I really like him.