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Curtis Don Reed

July 23, 1939 — January 29, 2024


Curtis Don Reed

Curtis Donnel “C. Don” Reed

There is no way to adequately describe the value of a person’s life in a few words of black ink on a piece of paper, however, when a loved one leaves this life for the next that is what we attempt with an obituary.

Funeral services will be held for Curtis Donnel Reed, known by most as ‘C. Don’ or Don on Friday February 2, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Winsteads' Funeral Home in Portland and a graveside service at Reed Cemetery (6772 FM 2184, Rogers, TX) on Saturday February 3 at 2:00 p.m.

He passed away on January 29, 2024 at the age of 84. Born on July 23, 1939 in Joe Lee, Texas, he was the second of six children born to Eugene C. and Lorene Green Reed. Don graduated from Temple High School in 1957 then attended Temple Junior College and the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting in 1961.

He married Barbara Sue Southerland, ‘Susie”, in 1958 and they had 2 children. Somewhere during this time, he played semi-pro baseball, a game he loved to play. The Bell County native moved to south Texas to begin his career as an Internal Revenue Service agent in 1964 where he rose to the highest civilian rank in just a few years. In 1969 he joined F. B. Rooke & Sons, now Rooke Scanio, where he thrived at work for 48 years until his retirement. Early in his career with Rooke Scanio he became a Certified Public Accountant, passing the exam on the first attempt. He was routinely sought out by other accountants for his wisdom and insight.

Don later married Mary K. Zabel and they lived in Corpus Christi until the time of his death. Don served as the President of the Texas Society of CPA’s, Board president of the First National Bank of Woodsboro, and later on the advisory board of American Bank in Corpus Christi.

He was an avid bird hunter who hunted in Nova Scotia and from Minnesota to Mexico with his favorite bird dog Albritton. Don is survived by his wife, Mary K. Reed of Portland, children Robin Reed Bodkin of Belton, Randy Reed and wife Regina of McKinney, Thomas Zabel and wife Carol of Portland, Matthew Zabel and wife Kim and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also, his sisters Sue Reed Lynch of Troy and Joyce Reed Kallus of Georgetown and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were brothers Charles and Jeff Reed, sister Jane Allison, and son-in-law Jeff Bodkin.

Don was a generous and loving person who supported many charitable organizations. Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice or online at The Alzheimer’s Association – Tribute page

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who never met a stranger or forgot a name. Always in our hearts.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Winsteads' Funeral Home.(361) 643-6564 

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Friday, February 2, 2024

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

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