Deacon Gerald Reed, a true servant of God is a native of San Francisco, California. He was born August 16, 1930 to Richard Peter Reed Sr. and Delores Jackson-Reed the fourth child of eight siblings.
He was raised in Stockton, California in a Christian home his mother was a licensed Missionary, and he received a sound foundation pertaining to Christian living. He attended Edison high School in Stockton, California.
Gerald served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1955. He moved to Seattle, Washington in the early 60’s and met his wife (Girtha) they were happily married for 56 years. They had a blended family of 15 children.
He would attend almost every soccer game, baseball games, track meets, and ballet recitals he was a taxi driver for his children.
Even thou Gerald relocated to Seattle, he never stopped being a loyal Laker and 49er fan. He enjoyed trash talking with anyone who dared not to be a fan. He enjoyed taking road trips with his son-in-law “JR” we think he really enjoyed getting JR in a place where he could not escape …for anyone else in that car it was not a fun place to be a Seahawk and a 49er on my gosh;
He retired from Lake Washington School district after being employed for 26 years as a painter.
After his retirement he continued to paint for family and friends. Believe it or not there were times you could find him in the kitchen cooking his homemade fried potatoes and sometimes all 30 little eyes waiting for them.
A well-kept secret was his nick name (Streaky) he was a track and field star NO ONE COULD BEAT HIM.
On Easter Sunday morning the year of 1985 he accepted the Lord as his Savior and was filled with the Holy Ghost the next day at the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal church under the leadership of the late Prophetess Mattie J. Bass.
In 1986 under Prophetess Bass leadership, he was ordained a Deacon and 4 years later was appointed Sunday school superintendent in 2000 and he remained faithful in his office.
He was a member of the Heavenly Host choir/ Brother’s choir and Men’s Department.
In the year of 2013 during the Seed of Abraham Holiness Convention the men’s lounge was officially named the Deacon Gerald Reed Men’s Lounge.
Deacon and Mother Reed received the “No Greater Love’ award for 46 years of marriage.
Deacon Reed will be remembered for his pleasing personality and willingness to help others.
He is a caring father, grandfather, great-grandfather and has been a loving husband (56) years of his life.
Deacon Reed loves the Lord and at any given time during a service you can hear a “Hallelujah” as only he can say it.
His favorite scripture is the 23 Psalms, and his favorite song is “Just a closer walk with Thee.”
It would be futile to try and name all persons who will hold fond and loving memories of Deacon Reed. But among them assuredly will be his wife: Girtha Reed; children Gerald Jr., Tricial Reed, Laurie Reed-Johnson (Silvester JR) , Sytrea Reed, Willie Hoston, Evangelist Linda Manning, Michael Hoston. Children he raised from the age of two; Farentino Leon, Ferando Leon, Lorenzo Leon, Anna Leon-Brown (Cory). God daughter: Ayleanna Poree; sister-in-law : Laura Goodman Sisters: Florence Moton (George), Delores Creer , Betty Ozan :Brothers: Russel Reed, Albert Reed. To cherish his memory, he also leaves behind grandchildren, great -grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews and a host of friends.
Preceding his in eternal life are his parents, Richard and Delores Reed; brothers: Joie Reed, Walter Reed; children: Pamela Reed, Donnell Reed, Cynthia Reed, Gordon Hoston
The impression of Deacon Gerald Reed will remain living and vivid in the minds of his family and friends.
He is and was an example of the Beatitudes.
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