Joe Bill Reid, 89, of Houstonia, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Range Line Presbyterian Church in Houstonia. Reverend Tim Kaiser will officiate. Pallbearers will be Tom Reid, Melvin Gerlt, Dennis Klenke, Wilbur Alexander, Delmar Cornine and Leland Coffelt. Honorary pallbearers will be Sue Shelton, A.P. Reid, Ervin Robb, Jim and Lucille Young, Wallace Smiley, John Cornine Jr., J.R. Cornine, R.W. Mitchell and J.W. Bales. Burial will be in the Houstonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Range Line Presbyterian Church. The family suggests contributions to the Range Line Church or a charity of the donors choice.
Born on Oct. 25, 1917, in LaMonte, he was the son of William Joseph and Alma Johnson Reid. He was married to Josephine Bartlett on Oct. 27, 1936, in Marshall.
He had been a deacon and elder at Range Line Presbyterian Church since 1948 where he had been a member for 80 years. In 1976, he was a delegate from Missouri Union Presbytery to the 116th general assembly of the PCUS in Alabama. He started showing sheep in 1933. He served six years on the National Board of Oxford Sheep Association. He was on a committee that planned the first Midwest Stud Ram Show and Sale. He helped design the sheep pavilion of the fair grounds. He was a long time 4-H leader and was instrumental in organizing the first Prairie Ridge 4-H club. He served on the Jake George and Houstonia School Boards. He also served many years on the Houstonia Cemetery Board.
He is survived by his son, Jimmie Reid of Houstonia; daughters, Betty Jo Minor of Houstonia and Marilyn Harris of Springfield; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a stillborn daughter and three brothers, David Lester Choplin, William Zephal Choplin and Hobart Choplin, and one sister, Lena Choplin.