Roddy Reid, first director of Church Deployment Office, dies at 91

September 16, 2010

The Rev. Roddey Reid, Jr., 91, of Naples, Florida, died Sept. 14. Reid was the first executive director of the Church Deployment Office (now the Office for Transition Ministry), 1971-1983, and served as chaplain to the Episcopal Church Center and the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

Born Nov. 2, 1918, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he was ordained in 1944 and served churches in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Delaware.

He was a research fellow at Yale Divinity School and executive assistant to the dean of the Berkeley Divinity School. He held degrees from Duke University and the University of the South, as well as honorary degrees from Berkeley College at Yale University and Seabury Western Theological Seminary.

Reid retired to the Naples area, where he assisted at several parishes. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Caroline, in 1995.

Survivors include his second wife, Deborah; his children, Caroline Reid, Elizabeth Maruska, Lucile Reid, Scotia Reid, Roddey Reid III, Deborah Miller, Harriet Hinmon, Roger Hoffman and Charles Hoffman; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples, Florida. Final committal will be in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Reid's memory may be made to Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, 553 Galleon Drive, Naples, FL 34102.