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Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
1203 N. Nebraska Avenue

Saturday, January 13, 2018
11:00 A.M.

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
5225 N. Himes Avenue

Garden of Memories
4207 North Lake Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

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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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 coach. 

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 respect. 

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 Baseball Museum. 

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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