October 26, 1933 - April 26, 2016
Russell Matthews Reed, age 82, died in Richardson, Texas on April 26, 2016. Russell was born October 26, 1933 in Stanton, Texas. His parents were Mac Reed and Dona Matthews Reed. Russell was raised primarily in Colorado City, Texas and became an Eagle Scout while attending Colorado City High School. Russell attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Business degree in 1955. Russell took great pride in being an Aggie and being a part of the Aggie band.
Russell met his wife Barbara Goodin at Foleys Department Store in Houston where they both worked after graduation from college. They had two daughters Rhonda and Brenda. Russell spent approximately 20 years with Royal Globe Insurance Company and eventually became the Vice President of Personal Lines. While with Royal Globe Russell served in Houston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, New York, eventually moving to Richardson in 1977. Since moving to Richardson, Russell remained a strong and active member of the community serving as a block captain in his neighborhood and volunteered as a precinct chair during numerous elections.
Russell was a Christian and a life long Baptist and lived his life as an example of his faith each day. Russell served his church in a variety of roles including as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and in recent years as a member of the Goldenaires Senior adult choir. Russell was a friend to all he met.
Survivors include Barbara, Russell’s wife of 58 years, his daughter Brenda and her husband Michael Riddlespurger of Richardson, Grandchildren; Leonard Karolczak of Richardson, Anthony Karolczak of Richardson, and Geran Riddlespurger-Howe of Austin. A sister Francis and her husband Howard Quiett of Vernon and a sister-in-Law Wilma Goodin of Richardson, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Russell was preceded in death by his sister Janie Faye Springstead and his daughter Rhonda Lee Reed.
A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. Monday May 2, 2016 in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Richardson, Texas.