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  Pat Reed and John Reed 28 Dec 1997, Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and still going;

Picture posted Sept. 2, 2007


    Pat Reed has worked in the food and beverage industry for a number of years. She is a former food and beverage manager for the Velda Rose Towers Restaurant located on Park Avenue, working there for a number of years. She also owned and operated El Tacos Mexican Restaurant  located on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
        Mrs. Reed has been a recipient of the Hot Springs Hospitality Association's President's Award, presented annually to a member for outstanding service to the Annual Convention, which is held in October of each year in Hot Springs. The award is traditionally given to a supplier firm, but the group deviated from that practice this year because of Mrs. Reed's many years of service to the Annual Convention.
        For the past five years, Mrs. Reed has assisted the convention by setting up and dressing the registration desk at the convention, while serving sandwiches and coffee to early arrivals who came to help in the preparation efforts. She was also cited for her efforts in supplying food and supplies for the Association's Annual Early Bird Party, which is designed to bring delegates in one day early. Since the inception of Early Bird Party, registration for the Annual Convention and Trade Show has increased significantly.

        Mrs. Reed has served five terms as president of Garland County Hospitality Association. She is the wife of John Reed.
        Pat Reed is currently in the advertisement business, owning and operating Travel Host Magazine. This magazine is distributed to hotels and restaurants in Hot Springs for their guests.
        She has been very active in community affairs with her volunteer services. She is has work in public relations with Witness Productions. The Witness is a passion play located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, which portrays the life of Jesus with music.





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Descendants of Pat and John Reed

Generation No. 1


1.  JOHN1 REED was born 28 Feb 1928 in Union City, Pennsylvania.  He married PATRICIA ANN REYNOLDS 01 Jan 1948 in St. Tresa Catholic Church, Union City, Pennsylvania, daughter of AUBREY REYNOLDS and CLARA BURNS.  She was born 19 Jul 1931 in Eire, Pennsylvania.


More About JOHN REED:

Record 1: 28 Dec 1997, Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary

 John Reed Obituary; The Sentinel Record January 25, 2010, Page 9A

 John Reed, 81, was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Erie County, Pa., and died Jan. 23, 2010, at his home, in Hot Springs. He was the son of Herbert I. and Cecil Reed of Union City, Pa. John married Patri­cia Ann Reynolds Jan. 1, 1948, at St. Tresa Catholic Church, in Union City, Pa. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, in Hot Springs.

John was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, stationed on vessels in the Caribbean Sea.

John and Pat moved to Hot Springs in the early '50s. He was a member of Local 249, Sheet Metal Workers and was employed by Edward Sheet Metal Co. when he retired. John was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfa­ther. He will be missed by all his loved ones and friends.

John enjoyed bass fish­ing and hunting, and spent many enjoyable hours with his friends on Lake Ouachita and he usually didn't come home empty-handed. Both John and Pat spent many hours volunteering their time for civic organizations, receiv­ing the Hot Springs Diamond Award in 2008 from the Hot Springs Advertising & Promo­tion Commission. They were instrumental in bringing The Witness to Hot Springs and continued to work diligently for its success.

John is survived by his wife, Pat, of Hot Springs, and two children, Darlene Munday and husband, John, of Hot Springs and Pamela Hendren and her husband, Charlie, of Maryland. John was preceded by a son Bruce Reed, who died in November 1994.

Survivors also include five grandchildren, Trace Munday, of North Little Rock, Cindy Hendren, Shane Hendren and wife, Jennifer and Temple Rose Munday, all of North Carolina, and Rebecca Jo Ad­ams and husband, Doug, of Missouri. John also had three great-grandchildren, Abigail Hendren, Margaret Adams and Lyndsey Adams.

John is survived by two brothers-in-law, Robert Ed­ward Reynolds and his wife, Debra, of Hot Springs. They have five children, Jennifer Lee White, Joseph Wayne White, Stephen Andrew Reynolds, Joshua Edward Reynolds and Shane Robert Reynolds and his wife, Lisa. Shane has three children, Elizabeth, Matthew and Sarah; and Aubrey Wilson Reynolds and his wife, Bil­lie Ann, of Springdale. They have two children, Matthew and David Reynolds; sister-in-law, Martha Henning and husband, Peter. Martha's chil­dren are Renee Marie Gibson, of Colorado. Renee's children are Danielle Marie Hale, of Rockport, Texas, and Gitana Leans Purma, died in March 2009; and Crystal Harvey and husband, Floyd, of Hot Springs. They have three chil­dren, Gabriel Elizabeth, Strat­ton Aubrey and Destini Tyne, Scott Christopher Henning, Hunt Theodore Henning and Hope Walker, of Alabama.

We would especially like to thank Julie and Larry Harper, members of the family, for the love expressed and devotion in helping Pat throughout John's illness. Thanks go out also to Dierksen Hospice and Dr. Scott Anderson.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today in Hot Springs Funeral Home. Services will be in St. John's Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St John's Catholic Church or The Witness Productions.



Married by Reverend Father Tremley



Marriage: 01 Jan 1948, St. Tresa Catholic Church, Union City, Pennsylvania



                  i.    BRUCE2 REED, b. 13 Jul 1949, Union City, PA.; d. 01 Nov 1994, Little Rock, Ar.


Notes for BRUCE REED:

Obituary was taken from The Sentinel-Record.

      Bruce Edward Reed, 45, of Little Rock died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1994, in the University Medical Center.

      He was a graduate of Hot Springs High School in 1967.  He attended Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas.  He was a senior computer programmer for Axion of Conway.  He was a member of Trinity Church of Hot Springs.

      He is survived by his parents, John and Pat Reed of Hot Springs; two sisters, Mrs. John (Darlene) Munday of Little Rock and Mrs. Charles (Pam) Hendren of Fayetteville, N.C.; three nieces, Mrs. Doug (Becki) Adams of Joplin, Mo., Temple Munday and Cindy Hendren; two nephews, Shane Hendren and John "Trace" Munday; and two great-nieces, Lindsay Hand and Margaret Adams.

      Survivors also include two uncles, Robert E. (Bob) Reynolds of Hot Springs and Aubrey E. (Bill) Reynolds of Athens, Ala.; two aunts, Bonnie Lee Reynolds of Hot Springs and Mrs. Peter (Martha) Henning of Silverhill, Ala.; two great-aunts, Mrs. Jacob (Aleene) King and Mrs. Earl (Ruth) McWherter, both of Hot Springs; 12 cousins, Mrs. David (Crystal) Caldwell of Hot Springs, Shane, Joshua, and Stephen Reynolds of Hot Springs, Matthew and David Reynolds of Athens, Ala., Jennifer and Joey White of Hot Springs; Mrs. Buddy (Renee) Gibson of Aransas, Texas, and Scott, Hunt, and Hope Henning of Silverhill, Ala.

      There are many second and third cousins.

      The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Trinity Church on Panama Street.  Officiating the service will be the Rev. Jim Adkins of Trinity and the Rev. Bill Reynolds of Athens, Ala.

      Soloist David Caldwell will minister in music.  Witness Productions led by Judy McEarl will minister in "praise and worship."

      Father Raymond Rossi will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Catholic Church.

      Pallbearers will be Bob Thornton, Scotty Littlepage, Buddy Warbritton, Charlie Warbritton, Ricky Lewis, Bob Reynolds, Shane Reynolds, and Rex Kling.

      Honorary pallbearers are John Munday, Charles Hendren and Jeff Pence.

      Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.

      Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.

      The family will be at 205 Westwood.

      Memorials may be made to Witness Productions Inc., a non-profit organization, of Hot Springs.  The Witness Production performs Hot Springs' own musical passion play in Mid-America Amphitheater.





Bruce Reed



More About BRUCE REED:

Burial: Hollywood Cemetery Hot Springs, AR.


2.              ii.    DARLENE ANN REED, b. 16 Jan 1951, Union City, PA..

3.             iii.    PAMELA REED, b. 23 Jan 1954, Hot Springs, Arkansas.



Governor Mike Huckabee Center with members of the Small Group Work Therapy Inc.

Pat (Reynolds Reed third from right


The Sentinel-Record, Friday, July 21, 2000.


       Local woman honored in building dedication (of the newly constructed Pat Reed Building) a three-building complex for patients diagnosed with mental illness.

For more than 30 years, Pat Reed has dedicated her time to supporting Small Group Work Therapy Inc., working as a volunteer, board member and president.

       Now, after all those years of service, SGWT rewarded Reed for her dedication. The group recently dedicated its new 12 single apartment complex in Hot Springs as the Pat Reed Building.

"I said thanks," Reed said. "It was the first time they ever saw me speechless."

       The complex, which was dedicated in April, houses single adult members of the SGWT program. The apartments each offer a living in dining area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The facility also offers laundry facilities, a community kitchen and a community room, where a bronze plaque with a description of Reed hangs on a wall.

        "I was very awed because I knew how hard they had worked on it," Reed said. "It started bringing memory's back from the past."

Reed said that Wanda Raper, chief executive officer of SGWT worked diligently with the board to secure a Housing and Urban Development grant to build the complex. She said the staff of SGWT and the board also spent much of their time decorating the room so they could "look as if it had come out of Good Housing."

       During the dedication of the building, Reed was giving the plaque wrapped up with a bright yellow ribbon. Reed said the plaque commemorative the years of service she had offered to SGWT. Reed said it has always spent her dream to spread the word about SGWT and the positive influence it is has on the community.

       "My dream is to have the program as the tower of light in the medical community for the treatment of mental illness," Reed said. "This is the only program which is ever worked."

The program started in 1964 with a National Institute of Metal Health Grant at the Benton Unit of the Arkansas State Hospital. The original program was known as the Hospital Improvement Project program, using the principal of Dr. George Fairweather, the man credited with creating the SGWT program.

The Fairweather concept was to provide group government, housing, personal responsibilities, case management, medical services, financial and accounting services and the individual client support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The way to do that was the introduction of Fair weather Lodges, where patients are incur each to function as individual with his much autonomy as possible.

       In addition to the Reed Building, Fairweather Manor, a long-term care facility, is located across the SGWT offices on Whittington Avenue. Kathy Gladden, financial administrators for SGWT, said the Fairweather Center is for patients who need a little more help with personal care than those who live in the Reed Building.

        "It all depends somewhat level of care they need," Gladden said. "We're kind of like a family."

Gladden said Fairweather Manor has room for 23 do's into person rooms. The facility offers special care for patients who have been diagnosed with chronic mental illness. She said patients are offered psychosocial day treatment and that a staff psychiatrist is on call.

       "We have nurses on duty, social workers, case managers, the whole gamut," Gladden said.

Reed said she was happy to be a member of the board of such a wonderful program for such a longtime. She said it wasn't too long ago when Raper informed her that she had been on the board for more than 30 years, which surprise her. She said she could remember the program from his beginning in the baseman of a downtown building, even though all of the up and downs.

" Seeing what we started in a basement to where the program is now is awesome," Reed said.



 The Sentinel-Record of Hot Springs Monday Sept. 27 1982


Pat Reed's El Taco Now Open


    Pat Reed's El Taco is the new name for an established restaurant at 3506 Albert Pike, located just past the Bull Bayou Bridge.
    Doing business for the past 22 years, the restaurant recently changed hands to Pat Reed, president of the Garland County Hospitality Association for the past six years. She formerly was catering manager for the Velda Rose for 20 years and has been in the food business for 30 years.
"We have what people are looking for," she said. "A good location with a casual atmosphere, where you can come as you are by boat or car."
    In Hot Springs for 32 years, Pat is an Erie, Pa., native whose parents and relatives were local natives. She attended high school in Union City, Pa., where she also took a business course.
Her first job after arriving in Hot Springs was as a soda jerk at the age of 13 for Purity Ice Cream. Then she was secretary, and she worked at the old Phillips Drive In, Avanelle Restaurant and the Velda Rose.
She is on the Arkansas Hospitality Association's Board of Governors, Quapaw Vo-Tech Advisory Board, is vice chairman of Garland County Sales Managers Association, secretary for the Housing and Small Work Group Therapy Program and president of the Hollywood Cemetery Preservation Association. She and her husband, John, have three children - Darlene  Bruce, and Pam.
    A member of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pat believes that, to be successful in the restaurant business, four things are needed: good location, ample parking, atmosphere and good food.
"We have all of these, including a varied menu of Mexican and American food," she said.
    The menu includes an eat-in or carry-out fare of tacos, tamales, refried beans, Mexican rice, cheese dip, enchiladas, Mexican omelettes, guacamole salad, Mexican pizza, sopaepillas, nachos, tostados, chili, tortillas, chalupas, chili relleno, chili mac and burritos.
    American dishes feature seafood platters, catfish, jumbo shrimp, oysters, crab, chicken, sirloin, chili burgers, and hush puppies, plus a special Kiddie Korner.
    For those in a hurry, Pat's Special of the Day is ready to go. Other specials include fried tenderloin of trout and and eight-ounce chopped sirloin cooked to taste.
    There are always luncheon specials, both Mexican and American, plus various sandwiches, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Pat Reed's El Taco is open from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. and is closed Mondays. Orders for carry-out can be placed by calling.



Tri-Lakes, Pages 134, 136 on 06/21/2009

Front & Center Pat Reed
Dedicated volunteer devotes time to The Witness, Small Group Work Therapy

By Elizabeth Pannell

LITTLE ROCK — Pat Reed’s life can be chronicled through the certificates, awards and photos that cover her walls.

Whether it’s The Witness or the Garland County Hospitality Association, Reed has worked and volunteered for several organizations over her 78 years.
Reed was born July 19, 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression. She was the first child of five, all born in Erie, Pa.
“I hit this world during the Depression,” Reed said. “I remember we lived in a small, white house, and I had a bunk bed over the bathtub. I also remember thinking about all the tents on Lake Erie and how lucky those people were that got to sleep in a tent on the lake. Little did I know they had to sleep in them during the winter.”
From Erie, Reed and her family moved to McCain, Pa., where she and her siblings attended a one-room school house.
“I loved living on the farm in McCain,” Reed said. “We all attended a one-room school, and I remember having to put my feet on a log to keep my feet from getting cold. We also had to use an outhouse - you never stayed in there too long.”
After marrying her husband, John, at a Catholic church in Union City, Pa., and having two children, Darlene and Bruce, Reed and her family moved to Hot Springs.
Once in the Spa City, Reed had her third child, Pam. Reed worked several jobs before meeting hotelier Garland Anthony. Anthony owned the Anthony Hotel before opening the Velda Rose hotel in 1964. Reed worked at the Anthony Hotel before beginning her career at the Velda Rose.
Reed worked her way up during her 20-year career at the Velda Rose, beginning as a secretary, then a cashier to the assistant manager and finally the catering manager.
“Of course, during this time there was gambling going on in Hot Springs,” Reed said. “So lots of movie stars and performers like Mickey Rooney and Liberace all came here and stayed at the Velda Rose. For years that was the place to have conventions, and that’s how I got to know so many people.”
When Reed started working at the hotel her oldest daughter, Darlene, was just 7, but she remembers helping her mother with conventions and events.
“Everyone helped - aunts, uncles, my brother - we all helped her get the job done,” Darlene said.
Darlene also remembers her mother bringing movie stars and film crews home for a hot meal.
“We had a big room downstairs so mother would just load them all up and bring them home,” Darlene said. “Our house had the open-door policy because mother was so generous. We were all a big family.
“One Thanksgiving mother brought home the entire cast and crew of The Sporting Club for Thanksgiving dinner. They were filming in Hot Springs and didn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving, so she invited them all over for dinner.”
While at the Velda Rose, Reed became involved withthe Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Garland County Hospitality Association and Small Work Group Therapy, which she said is “very close to my heart.”
Small Work Group Therapy started in 1964 at the Benton unit of the Arkansas State Hospital. The nonprofit organization works to keep its mentally ill patients as functioning individuals in the community by getting them jobs at country clubs, hotels, nursing homes and restaurants.
“She would take in and hire people in Small Work Group Therapy because not everybody wanted to mess with the mentally challenged,” Darlene said. “We had one man stay with us,Big Bad Bob is what he called him, he was a monster of a man, but mother took him in and took care of him until almost his death. She was dedicated to a point where she would bring these people into her home.”
“This organization is very close to my heart,” Reed said. “I worked with them for 30 years on the housing board first, then the board of directors.”
Along with her dedication to Small Work Group Therapy, Reed also worked to get The Witness, originally a prison ministry, in the Hot Springs city amphitheater.
“After hearing about the traveling production, I made some calls to get it into the Hot Springs city amphitheater,” Reed said.
“Once we got the OK, we had six weeks to get everything together and ready for our firstshow.
“The Witness volunteers are wonderful people. Entire families bring their children and give up their weekends to bring forth this contemporary musical passion play. They represent over 55 area churches with some traveling from as far as Texarkana to participate,” she added.
Reed stayed with The Witness as marketing director for 12 years before taking a health-related leave of absence, but two weeks ago Reed decided it was time to start volunteering again, and she’s back as marketing director for the production.
The Witness Director Judy McEarl said, “As Pat returns, a wealth of experience and knowledge comes back with her. Her professional abilities are coupled with a zeal for The Witness that is unstoppable. We’re excited to have her back.”matter offact

Age: 78
Birthplace: Erie, Pa.
Occupation: Volunteer for The Witness
Family includes: Husband, John, and children Darlene, Bruce and Pam.
Hobbies: I don’t have any free time.
I most admire: President Obama
One word that describes me: determined
I cannot live without: God
Favorite food: Fruits and vegetables
This article was published June 21, 2009 at 2:27 a.m.


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