of Marshall, AR
June 26, 1932 - July 17, 2021
Ralph W. Reed, age 89 of Marshall, Arkansas passed from this life on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at NARMC in Harrison, Arkansas. He was born in Imo, Arkansas on June 26th, 1932 to Shim Reed and Ruby Lathum Reed (Halsted).Ralph (also known to his family as Raphael) was an oldest son, brother, husband, dad, pop, Papa Reed, uncle, cousin, friend and US Army career Veteran. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and served our country for 20 years. Ralph loved his family, his big extended family, God, his country, his fellow veterans, raw peanuts, Barbara's apple pie, Deb's peach cobbler, Pat's dumplings, coffee with powdered creamer and cooking for the camp-Army or deer camp at Sylamore, especially breakfast. He always set up camp with great supervision and precision, as if his life depended on it because in his case it did. His military job was being responsible for the cook camp and supervision of food supplies for his troops in Vietnam. He was military through and through, loyal to the core, opinionated and expressed those opinions freely. You were in his Army even if you didn't want to be drafted. Ralph loved spending time with all the kids, spending time with "the sisters" and fishing in his boat with Darrell and Ernie. His contribution at every family pot luck was fried chicken and banana pudding. He visited at the mountain house almost every weekend on his way to the cemetery to visit his wife Delaine and most recently on her birthday to bring new flowers. Ralph's tour of duty is complete. Go rest high on that mountain son, your work on earth is done.Survivors include his children, Deborah LaValle and husband Vincent of Fairfield Bay, Ricky D. Reed and wife Cheryl of Marshall and Tammy Reed Cantrell, also of Marshall; grandchildren, Keri Standridge of Marshall, Nick Reed (Darcie) of Mountain Home, Brandt Reed (Kelsey) of Marshall, Chance LaValle (Kimberly) of Marshall and Maegan Cantrell of Mountain Home; great-grandchildren, Kolsen, Keeton and Caroline Reed, Parker and Payzley Standridge, Jaden and Taylor LaValle, Charlee Ann and Savvy Reed, Daxton Cantrell and Aimsly Staggs; siblings, Paul Ray Halsted (Mary Lois) of Harrison, Darrell Halsted (Barbara) of Harrison, Kenny Halsted (Teresa) of Harrison, Janice Wadkins of Marshall, Thelma Rea (R.C.) of Marshall and Frances Brown (Gary) of Dardenelle; sister-in-law, Pat Halsted of Marshall; close friend, Esther Anderson of Marshall: and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who will also mourn his passing.Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Shim Reed and Ruby Lathum Halsted; his wife, Delaine Reed, who passed away in 2015; and brother, Ernie Halsted.Graveside services for Ralph will be 2:00 PM Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at Chinquapin Cemetery near Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. James Tibbitts officiating. Ralph will be laid to rest with military honors beside his wife, Delaine. Bearers will be Paul Ray Halsted, Darrell Halsted, Kenny Halsted, Nick Reed, Chance LaValle and Brandt Reed. Honorary bearers will be grandsons, Kolsen Reed, Keeton Reed, Parker Standridge, Taylor LaValle and Daxton Cantrell.
My prayers for you Debbie, it is never easy losing loved ones, but I pray God will give you peace and help you through this loss.Rebecca Patterson
I will forever miss our brief visits with Ralph, as a adult you realize what you have miss as a child. He gave me a special look into my family that I wound not have ever known. Family seemed to have a great place in his heart. He will be missed dearly.
We were so sorry to hear of your dads passing. We know he will be missed. Wishing we could have got to know him.
Our deepest sympathy to your family with Mr. Ralph's passing. Lifting your family up in prayer for Gods most gracious peace and comfort.
We are so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. May God comfort and strengthen you. Hold tight to the wonderful gift of treasured memories. I can’t recall ever seeing Ralph when he didn’t have a big smile.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. God Bless each of you.
I am so sad to hear this! Ralph was a great person. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his children, siblings and family.
Ralph was a dear friend, a great man that loved family, friends and life more than words can describe. I will always remember our times on the water together. I will certainly miss him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, his family.
Its hard to believe that Ralph has passed on. Our thoughts & prayers are with family. The first time I met Ralph was in the fall of 1948 & 1949. Ralph came and stayed with us in Missouri. (Uncle Eber & Freeda Lathum). He thought he was going to make his fortune picking cotton. In those days that was back breaking work. After the 2nd year Ralph decided that picking cotton wasn't for him. The next year he joined the Army. I saw Ralph for the last time at the Oliver Family Reunion at Jackson, Mo. in 2019. As you all know he was a great man that Loved Family & friends. He will be greatly missed.
So sorry to hear about Ralph. . You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Look to God for strength during this sad and difficult time.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.
Our sympathies and prayers for your families at this time. May God bless and comfort you.
I am so sorry Brandt and Kelsey for your grandpa passing. My prayers for comfort and for many good memories.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
I will miss your hugs and all the laughter you brought where ever you went. My thoughts and prayers for the entire family. You will be missed Ralph!
Praying for your family at this hard time.Rhonda, Reta and Leroy Sullins
Praying God's precious promise of Comfort to you that are mourning will overcome the grief and loss you are experiencing. We mourn but not as the world, we mourn with Hope and not without. We mourn with assurance that we will see Ralph again because he put his faith in Christ and so do we!
Our sympathy and prayers to the family. Ralph will be missed.
Our deepest sympathy in your loss
Sympathy and prayers to all the family.
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for the family
Debbie,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I got to know Ralph when my Dad was in Rehab before he passed in 2008. Your Dad would visit with Daddy almost every day and I enjoy listening to their conversations. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and may God bless you and your family especially at this time.
Dear Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you daily since I heard about Ralph passing away. He will be missed by so many of us that were blessed to know him. May God wrap you in His loving arms and carry you through this great loss.
My thoughts and prayers for his family. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and many friends. Ralph had been on my mind lately, remembering mornings at the coffee shop with my my Dad, and Ralph was always a welcome addiction to our conversations.
Sorry to hear about Ralph. He was a great man to know and laugh with. Our love and prayers to all the family.
Sorry for your loss. Praying for pace and comfort during this time of sorrow.
OH How I'm going to miss you & your hugs. Your smiles & cheers. You were a good man. Esther I'm thinking of you.
Thelma, Janice, Paul Ray, Darrell, and Kenny, so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Ralph. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.
You could not, not laugh when Ralph was around. He was quite the character. So sorry for yalls loss! Many prayers!
Ricky and family, I'm saddened to hear this. i pray God's comfort and peace over y'all. Ralph was one of the good ones.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Ralph was one of a kind. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much love
So glad to have know him all these years. He truly was a great person and loved by many and will be missed by all. Prayers for your family.
We were so sorry to hear of Ralph passing. You are all in our prayers and my God bless you all!
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Prayers for the family.
Sorry for your loss. He was such a kind gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor. His smile will be missed.
I was so very sorry to heard of Ralph's passing. I have alot of good memories of fishing and camping trips. He was Ernie's fishing buddy for years. In fact the first time I ever met Ralph was on one of my first dates with Ernie.....we met up with Ralph and went Walleye fishing at Greers.It was so cold I wore Ernies cover-alls the whole trip. This was the start of a wonderful life with Ernie, Ralph and the family ...Im so thankful for the many good memories we all made together. All the family trips taken together are now even more priceless. Im so thankful we did so many family things together. Prayers that God will Bless and Comfort our entire family.
So sorry to hear about Ralph. We send you all our deepest sympathy and prayers.
So very sorry for your family's loss. Prayers to the family.
I will always cherish my time with you Uncle Ralph. Love you all