Mrs. Dorothye Brooks Reed of Tampa, Florida, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2022. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3005 E. Ellicott St., Tampa, Florida 33610, with Minister Bruce Bryant, Lead Clergy, Officiating, and Reverend Tommy L. Brooks, Eulogist. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Seating is limited due to CDC guidelines. MASKS RECOMMENDED. Interment to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4207 E. Lake Ave., Tampa, Florida 33610
Mrs. Dorothye Brooks Reed was a native of Gainesville, Florida, and raised in Ocala, Florida. She attended Howard Academy in Ocala. After graduating, she attended the illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she earned both Bachelor of Art and Master of Art degrees in Education. It is also where she met her beloved husband, Coach Billy Reed.
Mrs. Reed was a member of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society. She retired after 40 years of service as an Educator in the Hillsborough County Public Schools system,
Serving her community was always her passion and she served in several capacities including, member of the Florida Board of Selective Service, Notary Public, and Program Monitor for the summer youth food program. She was very active in the community with the NAACP, FAMU Alumni Association, the Cupidettes, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Inc.
Her greatest contribution was to youth. Mrs. Reed spent many years educating youth at bay area schools, dance classes, Sunday school and youth groups. She was the NAACP Youth Council Advisor, Advisor for the FAMU Prospect Group, Advisor and Director of Sir Debonaire and Archonettes of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, and Sunday School Teacher at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Reed is preceded in death by her father, Rev. Jesse Brooks; mother, Willie Mae Rutledge; and husband, Isadore “Coach Billy” Reed.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two devoted and loving daughters, Monica Reed Rogers (Greg), and Dori Reed Blanc (Eric); three adoring grandchildren, Alexandria Benton, Kendal Blanc, and Eric Blanc II; very devoted brother, Rev. Tommy L. Brooks and his equally devoted wife, Mary both of Ocala; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.