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Bart Reed

Bart Reed, 72, of El Dorado passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021.


Born May 9, 1949 in El Dorado, Bart was the son of Ray and Mary Usrey Reed.  Many happy times in his early years were spent with his father and uncles at Reed’s Body Shop on North Quaker.  He was a 1967 graduate of El Dorado High School, where he was vice-president of his senior class.


A deep love of learning and travel was instilled by Bart’s parents.  His mother was an adjunct professor of English at SAU for many years.  Bart’s love of reading was legendary.  He owned more than five thousand books.  He traveled to England, Ireland, and Scotland and made numerous trips with his sons and grandsons to places in the United States.  One of his favorite trips with his boys was to see major league baseball game in venues around the U. S.


Bart received his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1971 from Southern State College (now SAU), his Master of Arts in history from the University of Texas at Arlington; and earned 60 hours above a Master’s.  He taught history in El Dorado schools for 28 years after some years in Dallas.  He also taught at South Arkansas Community College and Southern Arkansas University.  In addition, he served as a bus driver for El Dorado Schools for many years, finally retiring from teaching and driving due to the Covid pandemic.


Bart was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Mike, and beloved cats, Clemmie and Muffin.  He is survived by an uncle, Walter Reed, aunt Kayo Usrey Reed, brother Andy, sons Sean (Lori), Cory (Lisa) and Will; Sean’s and Cory’s mother, Janie Schroeder, Will’s mother, Aleta Reed, grandsons Carter and Graham.


“…we are forced to the same conclusion:  that everything is the sum of the past and that nothing is comprehensible except through its history.”  Pierre Teilard de Chardin, French philosopher.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Young’s Chapel with Randel Everett officiating.  Visitation will precede the memorial at 9:00 a.m.


The family requests that donations be made to the SouthArk Foundation, ( or Barton Library in El Dorado, AR.


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