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.

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.

The Passing of Billy Walker

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Billy Walker. While never a staff member, Billy had a long history in Scouting.  In addition to attending the Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwell as a young Scout, Billy was spent a large chunk of his adult life with Troop 137 in Franklin and serving the Council in various capacities.  In his life outside Scouting, he was the second generation owner of Walker Chevrolet in Franklin. For our purposes, he was the man responsible for creating Boxwell’s COPE, single-handedly financing the creation of the original project back in 1983. He passed away today, July 12, 2018.,-Sr.-William-Helm-Billy/obituary.php

Billy Walker

Billy Walker at a gathering of former Staff Members and friends in 2010.


The current Billy Walker COPE sign


Hello All,

We’re taking a small hiatus.  We’ll be back the first Sunday in June with regular postings.  Enjoy the nice weather and see you in two weeks with some more Boxwell history!

The VirtualBoxwell Team

From the Archives, December 17, 2017

Dutch and Tom, 2009

The photo of Carl Adkins at the 2009 Reunion caused us to dive back into the 2009 Reunion photos a bit. You can, of course, visit all the Reunions at our Flickr account or just read up about Staff Reunions (yes, shameless plug for both. Sorry).

In the digging, we came across this photo of Claus “Dutch” Mann and Tom Willhite. There’s not a single thing unique or special about this photo. It is just two older men who have known each other for years and been involved in Scouting for decades, chatting at the Cripple Crab during registration for the Reunion.  Dutch worked at Boxwell on and off from the 1960s to the 1990s at Stahlman, Parnell, and Craig.  Tom was a Camp Director at Parnell and Reservation Director from 1976 to 1994.

The only remarkable thing here is simply that neither man is still with us. Dutch passed away this year, in March to be specific. He followed Tom, who left us in September 2013. Two greats together in one photo. This is why we have reunions. Not just to celebrate the good times we had together, but to remember those who are no longer with us.

Dutch and Tom

Dutch Mann and Tom Willhite at the Crab during registration for the 2009 reunion.