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William H. "Big Bill" Reed, Jr

November 28, 1947 December 17, 2018
William H. "Big Bill" Reed, Jr
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Obituary for William H. "Big Bill" Reed, Jr

Dear family, colleagues and friends. Please join us in a Celebration of Life for William H. Reed Jr. (Big Bill) on January 5th, 2019. The celebration will be held at Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville, TN 37923. We will receive friends from 2pm until 3pm. A brief service will be held beginning at 3pm with a reception to follow. We will hear from some of Big Bills friends and colleagues and raise a glass together in remembrance of the man we all respected and loved. Please stay at the reception as long as you prefer. Thank You for your continued love and support during this difficult time.

William Hubert Reed, Jr., age 71, passed away suddenly on December 17, 2018 at his home in Farragut, TN. Bill was a long-time member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Young High School and the University of Tennessee.

He was a great father and always supported his family first no matter what. He was CEO of the family trucking business, Skyline Transportation, and a beloved pillar in the trucking industry. He passionately served numerous industry organizations including that of Board Member and former Chairman of the Board of the Tennessee Trucking Association, Board Member and Executive Committee member of the Truckload Carriers Association, and Board Member and Executive Committee Member for the American Trucking Association just to name a few. Known affectionately as “Big Bill”, he loved to spend time with his family and friends, attend as many of his grandkids functions as he could, play golf with his buddies, travel in his motorhome, attend UT football and basketball games, and raise the level of happiness and joy in all who knew him.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, W. H. Reed Sr. and Connie Reed.

He is survived by his sons and their wives, Bill and Dena Reed and Jeff and Julie Reed, grandchildren Grace Reed, Tyler Reed, Hugh Reed, Tate Reed, and Parker Reed; brother Bob Reed; his wife of many years Doris Reed ; cousins Jim, Fred, Peggy, Kathy; several nieces and nephews; and countless life-long friends. The world was dramatically impacted by your life and it will be impacted just as much in your absence. Big Bill…we will always love you, never forget you, and we will smile and laugh when sharing memories.
The Family has planned a service to Celebrate Bill’s life at 2:00pm January 5, 2019 with a reception and toast to Big Bill to follow at Bridgewater Place in Knoxville.

A Burial service for the family and close friends was held at Union Cemetery on Saturday December 22, 2018

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in honor of our Dad, Big Bill, to any of the causes he supported listed below.
The Tennessee Trucking Foundation at
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Truckload Carriers Association TCA Scholarship Fund

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 1/5/2019 2:00:00 PM
Bridgewater Place

205 Bridgewater Road NW
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

Bridgewater Place
205 Bridgewater Road NW Knoxville 37923 Tennessee
United States

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