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Carol Ann Reed

Hot coffee in hand, positioned against the bait shop stove, Carol Reed was the first person you saw as you came into Cooksey’s, making sure you said hello to her two cats. For 42 years she fought to keep her husband Ronnie Reed in line, Cooksey’s Bait Shop clean, and the business profitable. After battling Alzheimer’s for 8 brave years, Carol passed away Saturday, December 4th, 2021, at the age of 76.

Carol possessed a subtle though direct wisdom. When asked, “You been fishing?” Carol would reply, “Nope! When you own a bait shop, you don’t have time to fish!” or “You don’t own a bait shop – it owns you.” Once, when a customer was overwhelmed with the odor of worms and minnows, mom replied, “It smells like money to me!”

Carol was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, friend. She wasn’t on Facebook, but “liked” by many, and “friends” with hundreds – the old fashion way.

When the family was in the spotlight, laughing and loud, Carol was quiet, off to the side. Cathy was the one to provoke a smile and an eye roll, like sisters do. When she did laugh, she would laugh until she cried.

Known for the hard work she put into the family business; Carol worked even harder at her ministry. She spent many hours speaking about God’s kingdom to her neighbors and those in the shop that would listen. She loved her part in the community and always wanted the best for all. She will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved her.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research.

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Lynn & Ted Irvin Dec 11 2021 12:01 AM

I was so sorry to read this. God bless your family at this time. May she rest in peace.

Robin L Kennedy Dec 9 2021 12:10 PM

We've known Carol for most our life, even living as neighbors for 5 years. She had such a sweet and gentle demeanor. I don't ever remember her complaining about anything. Towards the end of her illness she lived in the same nursing home as my mother in law. Both suffering from memory loss. They seemed to connect even though not knowing why. As Carol would pass by her room she would come in and sit down to visit. We were visiting and in the room a few times when Carol would come in. We had opportunities to talk with her and we could tell she recognized our faces as someone familiar. She would smile and we would reminisce about old times. Nurses would see her in my mother in laws room with us and because of COVID protocols would come in and say " Carol, come on with me and get some hot coffee" she would respond " Okay" smile and leave the room. Carol loved her coffee! She was loved by everyone and will be missed. Our love to all her family.

Linda and Jeff Curlee Dec 9 2021 6:26 AM

We were so sorry to hear about Carol. We sold her bait for many years and was a very nice lady.

Bougie and Sharon Goodman Dec 8 2021 5:12 PM