Nathaniel Reed

On February 14, 1937, in Bamberg County South Carolina, Dan and Corine Reed welcomed their sixth child, a boy they named Nathaniel. He grew up in Blackville, SC, along with his siblings Elveter, Levi, Willie, Mary Ann, Daniel, Jr., and younger sister, Betty. He attended primary school in Blackville, SC, and graduated from Voorhees High School. He also was trained as an interior decorator.


After serving over two-and-a-half years in the United States Air Force, Nathaniel received an honorable discharge on August 1, 1958, eventually settling in New York City. In November of that same year, Onnie Snipes, his cousin, introduced him to the former Minnie Lee Lamar. On February 28, 1959, Minnie and Nathaniel were married. God blessed their union with two sons, Anthony and Dana.


Whether as a New York City cab driver or Metropolitan Transit Authority bus operator, Nathaniel always worked hard to provide for his family. His entrepreneurial pursuits included tailoring, upholstery cover design, carpet cleaning, independent shoe sales, and being a licensed New York City vendor.


Music played a major part in Nathaniels life, especially hymns which he taught his sons while teaching them to harmonize. He also found time to mentor young boys as the manager of several singing groups which produced pastors, a funeral director, and a mentor to NBA prospects. Later in life, he taught himself to play the piano and ministered in song at several churches.


Above all, by grace, through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Nathaniel loved God and dedicated himself to a life of Christian service. For many years he served at the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in Harlem, New York, as Head Deacon, Sabbath School Superintendent for youth as well as PTA President for the R.T. Hudson Christian School in the Bronx, NY. He also served as an elder at the Russellville Christian Church in Russellville, KY where his son, Dana, serves as pastor. 


Nathaniel is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Minnie; sons, Anthony and Dana, their wives, Jeriene and Glennis; grandchildren, Robert (Brittney), Jennifer, Christopher, and Jada; great-granddaughters, Aubrie and Ella; brother, Willie (Eunice); sister, Betty Johnson, a host of nieces and nephews including Sheila Wells (Bruce), Loretta Reid, Eva May Martin (Danny), Jackie (Sharon), Michael and Kevin Odom.


Nathaniel was honorably discharged from his earthly duties by the Lord of heaven and earth on the 11th day of June, 2022 with a testimony of honest and faithful service.


Please keep the Reed family in your thoughts and prayers.


Celebration of Life Service will be live streamed via Youtube. 

To view the service virtually, please visit and enter the page name: Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors

Streaming will begin promptly at 12 Noon CST