Reginald (Reggie) Mead Teed, Jr. passed away Sunday, December 25th at the age of 79 after a long and brave battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Reggie was born on April 8, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of the late Mary Sue and Reginald Teed. He was a 1961 graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN. He earned a Pharmacy degree in 1965 from Howard College (now Samford Univ.). He proceeded to have a career in Pharmacy for over 50 years. During his career he worked at Dewberry Drugs, Harbin Pharmacy (over 30 years), Food World and K-Mart. His managers always considered him a solid, steadfast and dependable worker. He was a member of the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association and Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association.
Music was always an integral part of Reggie’s life. He played saxophone in the band at McAdory, Castle Heights and Howard College. He joined the Army Reserve after college and was in the US Army Band where he played in many parades and events. He was also a member of the local Society for The Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America barbershop chorus for several years. He had a broad musical interest but most preferred Jazz.
Reggie’s other interest were working crossword puzzles, football, helping his wife with her antique furniture projects, gardening and working in the yard. He received the Trussville Beautification award three years in a row and often received compliments on how nice his yard looked. Another fun interest was being a member of a Friday night supper club for over 40 years, especially enjoying the good food and fellowship.
He met his wife Fay at Howard College. They married in 1963 and were married for 59 years. They faced his Parkinson’s Disease side by side for over 18 years. As the disease progressed he chose to have the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. It greatly improved his quality of life for a number of years. He faced the disease with strength and resolve, endeavoring to lead as normal life as possible.
Reggie is survived by his wife Fay, his sons Randy (Jennifer) and Bradley (Alicia); his brothers Terry (Jo) and Craig (Shirley); and Grandchildren Mary Elizabeth and Mitchell.
Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the Big Oak Ranch.