Shirley B. Reed

Published 8:36 am Friday, October 24, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 4:30 a.m., God sent his angels to bring his servant, Shirley Mae Brumfield Reed, to her eternal rest.

She was the second child born to the late Genie and Veter Burkhalter Brumfield on Nov. 26, 1941, in Kentwood.

She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age at Silver Creek A.M.E. Church and was baptized there.

She was united in holy matrimony to the late Spencer J. Reed. To this union, three children were reared, Michael Dwayne Brumfield, Reginald Allen and Deborah Michelle Reed.

After her marriage, she and her family lived in different destinations both locally and abroad as her husband served in the United States Army. After her husband’s retirement, the family moved back to Louisiana and resided in New Orleans and Marrero, La., finally making her home in Harvey, La. She joined and became an active member at St. James A.M.E. Church, where she served on the Pastor’s Aid Board, Stewardess Board and the Missionary Society under the leadership of the Rev. David J. Campbell. She served faithfully under the leadership of the Rev. Samuel H. Boyd Sr., the Rev. Martin D. Odom and Pastor Otto W. Duncan Jr. until her illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Genie and Veter Burkhalter Brumfield, and her husband, Spencer J. Reed.

She leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Michael Dwayne Brumfield of New Orleans and Reginald Allen Reed (Lisa) of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Deborah Michelle Reed of Montgomery, Ala.; three sisters, Elnora Brumfield Warren of Harvey, Mary Jane Brumfield Hill (Bobby) of Fayetteville, Ga., and Betty Jean Brumfield (Alvin) of Harvey; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 7 p.m. at Historic St. James A.M.E. Church, 222 N. Roman St., New Orleans, with Pastor Otto W. Duncan Jr. officiating. A funeral service will also be held Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Union Chapel A.M.E. Church in Kentwood. Interment will be held in Union Chapel Cemetery. Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Franklinton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guest book at