Booty Reed Funeral Information

Hello All,

This came across the Middle Tennessee Council Facebook feed today.  My apologies for the late notice.

In addition to the accolades below, Booty was also a Rock Island Boxwell staff member, 1958-1959.



Taylor Funeral Home
A celebration of life service for Buford Leslie “Booty” Reed, Jr. will be conducted Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Dickson, TN. Rev. Larry Burke, Rev. Steven Lee, Rev. Allen Weller will officiate, and family members will be giving personal reflections. Place of rest will be in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Taylor Funeral Home on Thursday, June 13th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Masonic Services will be Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Shriner’s Hospital, or the Meals on Wheels Program.

Booty passed away peacefully Sunday, June 9, 2019, at NHC of Dickson, TN.

Booty was born in Nashville, TN on December 17, 1945, to the late Buford Leslie Sr. and Ollie May Reed. He was a lifelong resident of Dickson County and a 1963 graduate of Dickson High School; he later attended Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University.

Booty was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Dickson, TN and was a leader in many roles in his church, Pioneer Bible Class, and Men’s Christian Fellowship. He was instrumental in carrying out the White Christmas Food Basket ministry for over 60 years. He served on 34 overseas Volunteer in Mission teams. Outside his church, he was involved in our county government serving as a Dickson County Commissioner for 29 years and as Chairman Pro Tem for several years. He served as the Director of the Dickson Housing Authority for 35 years, and he also served as the Housing Authority Director in Waverly, TN.

A passion he had was with the Boy Scouts. For some 30 years, he served on the Executive Committee of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Over the last 25 years, he served as Achievement chairman mentoring over 400 young men through their Eagle projects. In 2018, he was awarded Scouting’s highest honor, the Good Scout Award, for his community service and leadership. During his life he was involved as a scout and in scouting for over 60 years. He also served his country in the Air National Guard.

Booty was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Dickson Masonic Lodge #468 and former member of the Lions Club serving as President, Region Chair, and Lion of the Year.

Over the years, Booty influenced and touched the lives of thousands of Dickson County citizens in a positive and meaningful way.

Survived by his wife of 49 years, Ernestine Still Reed; daughters, Dr. Leslie Reed Brietenmoser (John) of Cumberland Furnace, TN, Belinda Powers Byrd (Butch) of Dickson, TN, and son, Dr. Tony Powers (Tracie) of Collierville, TN; five grandsons, Bradley Byrd, Dr. Bryant Byrd (Holly), Dr. Daniel Powers (Ashleigh), Paul Powers (Rebecca), and Johnny Brietenmoser; five great-grandchildren, Cayce Byrd, Sawyer Byrd, Jack Byrd, Estelle Byrd, and Wilhelmina Byrd; his sister, Sue Reed Greer (Travis), his brother, Steve Reed (Janet) along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his infant son, David.

Remembering the Staff, 1960s

We continue our look at past staffs this week by looking at the 1960s.  Unfortunately, we have no staff photo for either Stahlman or Parnell for 1969. Murrey never did “staff photos” and Craig and Cubworld were still years in the future.  Ward Akers was still Council Executive, Bruce Atkins was Reservation Director, and Bobby Smith was the head ranger.  At the camps, Jimmy Joe Jackson was Program Director, while Chester LaFever ran Stahlman.  Elizabeth Jackson oversaw Murrey. Camp Directors were District executives at this point.  Kerry Parker ran the Boat Harbor, er, Ski Dock.

So, since we don’t have any staff photos for you, we thought we’d provide a Ski Dock photo for you.  This photo is of Joe Butts skiing on Old Hickory Lake in 1969. Everyone wave back at Joe!

Joe Butt

Ski Dock Staff Member Joe Butt waterskiing on the lake, 1969.

The Passing of Booty Reed

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Booty Reed, longtime Dickson County Commissioner and former Rock Island Boxwell staff member.

From the Archives, June 9, 2019

Staff Week 2019

Staff Week is the period before summer camp starts when the staff puts together camp. The general purpose is the same: physically set up camp and train the staff on their jobs and responsibilities. For a young first year staff member, it may be the hardest work he or she has ever encountered. For a seasoned staff member, staff week is fun from start finish. Work, yes, but a great opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and laugh about years passed.

This past week saw the Boxwell staff–Stahlman, Craig, Cubworld, Parnell, Reservation–work to prep the camp and practice the little things, like marching in, dining hall program, flag lowering, and saying grace. Mid-week the staff got a nice meal to help carry them through; Friday came with campfire practice. Every day was full, with training and activities starting early in the morning and continuing long after the sun set.

Seen here are some of the Reservation leadership surveying the troops before dinner at Camp Craig. From left to right are COPE Director Rhen Hughey, Reservation Director Jason Flannery, Craig Camp Director Perry Bruce, and Stahlman Camp Director Steve Eubank. Summer camp 2019 is about to begin….

2019 leadership

Some of the 2019 Leadership: Hughie, Flannery, Bruce, and Eubank

Remembering the Staff, 1950s

Camp has begun, so it is time to revisit our “Remembering the Staff” series.  Every week while summer camp is going on, we will make a post showcasing the staff of different decades.  Remember, of course, that you can find all of the staff photos here:  You can also go to the Other Boxwells page to look at the first three camps.

Following tradition, this first week focuses the Rock Island staff.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a Rock Island Staff photo for 1959.  In fact, we don’t have any Rock Island staff photos past 1955! 1959, of course, was the last year of the Rock Island Boxwell.  By the time camp opened that summer, the capital development campaign for “new Boxwell” had just concluded.

Thus, perhaps the best thing we can show this week is a newspaper article from The Nashville Banner from June 10, 1959 on page 14 on what a great last summer was going to be had at the Rock Island Boxwell…

Banner article

This is basically the last newspaper article written specifically about Boxwell at Rock Island. Note Chester LaFever’s name. LaFever would become Stahlman’s first Program Director in 1960.