COACH ISADORE "BILLY" REED
- VISITATION -
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
1203 N. Nebraska Avenue
- FUNERAL SERVICE -
Saturday, January 13, 2018
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
5225 N. Himes Avenue
- INTERMENT -
Garden of Memories
4207 North Lake Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
FAMU Baseball Alumni
c/o Charles E. Johnson Sr.
P. O. Box 3221
Fort Pierce FL 34948-3221
Please make checks payable
In Memo Section: Account
0004 Coach Reed
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01/10/2018 12:27 PM
Isadore "Billy" Reed of Tampa
passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be
held Saturday, January 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church,
5225 N. Himes Avenue, with Father Ed Lamp, presiding. Entombment will
follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Isadore "Billy" Reed was born on December 10, 1931 in Tampa, FL to the
late Isadore and Bessie Reed. Mr. Reed was a graduate of Middleton High
School (1949) where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball.
He furthered his education at Florida A&M University and continued to
excel in the three sports. He received a Bachelor of Science in
Physical Education and a Masters in Education. At FAMU, he also met the
love of his life his wife, Dorothye, a FAMU cheerleader.
Mr. Reed served two years in the United States Army. After graduation,
Coach Reed returned to Hillsborough County and began a 40 year career in
the Hillsborough County School District as a teacher and high school
His coaching career began at his alma mater, Middleton High school where
he coached football and baseball from 1957-1970. When Middleton closed,
as a result of desegregation, he moved to Hillsborough High School,
coaching from 1971 to 1997. The baseball field at Hillsborough High
School is named in his honor.
During his legendary coaching career, he obtained over 50 scholarships
for baseball players and coached several players who eventually became
professional major league baseball stars.
He also helped establish the Belmont Heights Little League, which
produced several major leaguers and four Little League World Series
teams from 1973-1981. Coach Reed was a nurturing father figure to many
young men instilling values of responsibility, accountability and
He was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church for over 50 years
and served on the Knights of Peter Claver, St. Peter Claver's Men Senate
and as an Usher. He was also active in the Catholic Charities.
Coach Reed was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Legends
Breakfast Club, FCA, FAMU Alumni Association, New Horizon of Men and the
He received the following awards: 400th Baseball Victory Award, Coach
of the Year in Baseball, Coach of the Year in Football, J. Crockett
Farnell Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Citizen of the Year Award (two years),
West Coast Rattlers Wall of Fame for Hillsborough County, Florida
Athletic Coaches Association Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service
to High School Athletes, Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award,
Tropicana Field Walk of Fame, Hillsborough Sports Hall of Fame, FACA
Hall of Fame, Governor's Leadership Award and a Resolution from the
House of Representatives. He also earned induction into two halls of
fame, FAMU and Hillsborough High football.
In retirement, Coach Reed indulged in his passion for golf, attended a
weekly bible study, participated in his Monday Men's Summit, and
Wednesday McDonald's Breakfast Club. He also attended many high school
and professional baseball games and never missed the annual high school
Saladino baseball tournament.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Azalee Reed Hill and
nephew, Kenneth C. Hill.
Cherishing him in their hearts as well as their spirits are his: adoring
wife of 56 years, Dorothye Brooks Reed; loving daughters, Monica Reed
Rodgers (Gregory), and Dori Reed Blanc (Eric); beloved grandchildren,
Alexandria Reed Benton, Kendal Blanc and Eric Blanc II; devoted
Goddaughter, Veronica K. Borders (Charles and family); faithful
brother-in-law, Reverend Tommy L. Brooks (Mary), Ocala, FL; caring
nephews and nieces, Ronald Brown (Cindy), Baton Rouge, LA, Bettye Hill
Davis, Tampa, FL, Freddye L. Hill, Ph.D, New Orleans, LA and Keith
Roberts (Lisa), Atlanta, GA; equally faithful nephews and nieces, Corey
Brooks (Teresa), Ocala, FL, Tommy L. Brooks, Jr. (Margie), London,
England, Erica Brooks, Orlando, FL and Nichole and Kennith Brooks; many
caring grand nephews and nieces, Hillary and Warren Davis, Ricardo Hill,
Reginald Brown, Eric Brown, Kapano Hill, Keith Roberts, Douglas Roberts,
Ronni Lynn Brown, Ryan Brown and Nia Roberts; lifelong friend, like a
brother, Clifford "Quack" Brown (Betty); like sons, Woodrow "Woody"
Simmons, Billy Mitchell and LuArthur "Buster" Robertson; like daughters,
Carla White Sunday and Tarita James Williams; and a host of other
relatives and sorrowing friends.
The visitation will be held Friday, January 12 from 5-7 p.m. at St.
Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1203 N. Nebraska Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: FAMU Baseball Alumni
Foundation, c/o Charles E. Johnson Sr., P. O. Box 3221, Fort Pierce FL
34948-3221. Please make checks payable to: FAMU Foundation/Baseball,
In Memo Section: Account 0004 Coach Reed.
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