Donald Grayson Reid, son of Francis Elizabeth Peveto Reid, passed away Jan. 27, in Tomball, at the age of 64. He was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Orange.
Donnie is preceded in death by his mother Francis Reid. Although he had no siblings, he was loved as a brother by his first cousins, Cathy and husband Ben Vance, Jamie and husband Max Cox and Christy Young and many other cousins and friends.
Donnie was raised on 10th St. in Orange, lovingly spoiled by his mother and maternal grandmother Myrtle Doxey Peveto. He graduated from Stark High School in 1969 and studied art at Lamar University for several years. Donnie was an avid fan of college sports with LSU and University of Texas being his favorite teams.
He will be remembered for his ability to capture an audience, both young and old, with humorous stories of family and friends. Donnie loved to laugh and loved to make others laugh as well. Many an evening was spent at the Cap or Spankys telling tall tales over a pint of Pearl beer. He loved to pull jokes on the unsuspecting. Stories will be passed down through many families on his feats of pulling off a good one.
Donnie lived his adult years in Orange and Hockley. While living in Hockley, he played an integral role in the childhood of Emerson and Bryan Vance, Casey Cox and Kelsie Cox Clayton. From fishing adventures at the big lake to shopping adventures, Donnie was responsible for enough laughter and memories to last a lifetime. He was loved by many and his passing will leave a void in many hearts and lives.
Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Worster, Sammy Parish, Steve Peveto, Jeff Peveto, Chris Peveto, Max Cox, Casey Cox, Chuck Clayton, Emerson Vance, Bryan Vance and Ben Vance.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. John Warren of First United Methodist Church in Orange. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Donations can be made to Orange County Historical Society at 905 W. Division St. Orange, TX 77630.