Barbara Wright Reed entered her heavenly home on Jan. 13, 2020. She will always be remembered as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend to all that knew her.

Barbara was born in Lampasas on June 9, 1941 to William Earl Wright and Linnie Eldie Williams Wright. She was the youngest of their four daughters. She was a 1959 graduate of Killeen High School.

Enrolled in Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Barbara majored in history, secondary education and business. She met the love of her life, a handsome football player, Ray Reed, of Granbury. They married between their sophomore and junior years. 

After graduation, Barbara and Ray moved to Athens. Ray taught and coached basketball and their daughter Janna was born there. Price was the first stop of Barbara’s teaching career where she taught business classes at Carlisle High School.

In 1967 they moved to Wharton where their son Wes was born. Barbara continued to teach for 27 more years at Wharton High School. She taught history, business classes and Vocational Office Education on Apple computers. Barbara was a delight to work with. Her sense of humor, her infectious giggle and her willingness to help her fellow educators was always appreciated. A dedicated teacher in the classroom and loved by her pupils, she touched many lives and had a positive impact on many, many students.

Barbara was always active in her church, teaching Sunday school classes to youth and adults, and participating in the mission work of the Women’s Missionary Union. Vacation Bible School was part of her summer activities.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was fortunate to count Barbara as a member. She was inducted into the Alpha Iota Chapter in Wharton. She transferred her membership to Lambda Pi in Granbury. In Alpha Iota, she was chapter president and a recipient of the chapter achievement award.

When the family relocated to Ray’s family farm in Granbury, Barbara continued with her church and DKG activities. At First Baptist Church in Granbury, she was a real “cut up,” cutting fabric for the Prayers and Squares quilting ministry at FBC.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gordon Ray Reed; daughter Janna Reed Renfro and her husband Craig of Carrollton; son Wes Reed and wife Shanon of Waurika, Okla.; grandchildren Kayleigh Renfro, Cullen Renfro, Katelynn Reed and Brooklynn Reed; and a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Polysystic Kidney Foundation at; First Baptist Church of Granbury; or Alpha State Texas Educational Foundation (ASTEF) at

The service is at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the First Baptist Church of Granbury. Interment will follow at the Granbury Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury.


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