Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

James Reed Furr

On Thursday, February 28th, 2019, James Reed Furr, was welcomed by his Heavenly Father at the age of 70, where he will forever perform on Heaven’s grandest stage. Reed was born in Albemarle, NC on August 11th, 1948 to the late Ted Penny Furr and the late Mary Rudolph Furr.  He graduated from Albemarle Senior High in 1966 and went on to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration. With his educational foundation and his desire to impact the lives of others, Reed went on to a dedicated career of 30 years with the Albemarle City Schools and Stanly County Schools. In addition, Reed also worked at the Southern Piedmont Educational Consortium and Stanly Community College.

Reed has often been described as a champion of the arts within our community.  As stated by William Shakespeare, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” Reed’s life and legacy exemplify this statement. Reed was an integral part of the formation and success of the Uwharrie Players and for over 35 years, he tirelessly devoted his talents and visions to the Players. He always strived to bring our community magical moments on stage that would never be forgotten. He also had a strong passion for music and shared his talents with our community often performing for churches, civic organizations, schools, The Taylor House, as well as participating in various bands, his most recent being Ironic Distance.

Reed, a Godly Man, lived his life in a manner that served those around him. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, a deacon, a devoted choir member, and served on various committees. For close to 50 years he was actively involved with the Albemarle Chapter of the Optimist International Club, mentoring youth in various projects such as the Youth in Government, the Oratorical Contest and supporting all Optimist activities.

Marrying his high school sweetheart, Patricia (Patti) Woodall Furr, they built a family on faith, love and laughter.  This foundation has been instilled in his sons, Michael Furr and wife Betsy, James Patrick (JP) Furr and wife Julie, and their families. He cherished his work in the community, but found his greatest joy in being a part of the lives of his grandchildren; Madelyn, Emma, Hayden, Rylan, and Kimarie, as well as the short time spent with grandson, Kaleb James Furr, who preceded him in death.

He is also survived by, Sister Penny Townsend (Bob), Brother Todd Furr (Kelly), nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, a celebration of Reed’s life will be held at 2 PM at First Baptist Church, Albemarle, for family and friends. The family will greet friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. “The best part of a person does not die. The best part of the person is their spirit and it lives. Those left behind keep that spirit alive by living this life to the fullest not by mourning.” The family request that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 202 N.2nd Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 or to the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina (Optimist supported organization), P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care is serving the Furr Family.


  • David & Rebecca Isenhour Posted March 1, 2019 5:00 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to The Furr Family. May God be your strength and comfort in the days to come. We love you all.

  • Melissa Zaleski Posted March 1, 2019 5:56 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Furr family at this very sad time. Reed was a lovely man and he will be missed.

  • Carl Myrick Posted March 1, 2019 7:25 pm

    Todd, I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. You and all your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

  • Bonita Johnson Posted March 1, 2019 8:54 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the entire Furr family

  • Misty DIck Vaughn Posted March 1, 2019 9:30 pm

    Mr Furr was a wonderful and humble man. I remember him being a teacher at Albemarle Junior High and playing his guitar and singing for us in the early 70’s. We always enjoyed that. I also had the privilege to work for him at Ridgecrest Elementary School. Mr Furr will greatly be missed by many. Prayers lifted for the family now and the days to come.

  • Sandy Daunders Posted March 1, 2019 9:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for Patty and family….

  • Mary and Ken Campbell Posted March 1, 2019 10:02 pm

    Fond memories of Reed with the Uwarrie Players in the 1970’s

  • Bryan Dodd Posted March 1, 2019 11:02 pm

    So sorry to hear about your fathers passing Michael. Comfort and prayers to you and the family.

  • Rebecca Hollis Posted March 2, 2019 7:43 am

    To the family of Reed Furr, I am so sad to hear of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. I always had great respect for Reed and his many abilities and talents. I am now will be praying for you all, that with our Heavenly Father’s great love and strength, you all will feel His presence in your hearts and minds. “ I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him-Romans 8:17

  • Abigail (McDonald) heidel Posted March 2, 2019 8:23 am

    You made my days in school. Easier you made a transsition from elem to middle school you madesure i knew whats i was doing you always were our biggest cheerleaders every student was always welcome to your office just because.. Thank ypu for everything you taught me .. You sir will be truly missed

  • Jane Sanges Posted March 2, 2019 11:11 am

    To Penny, Patti, Todd and the family, I am heartbroken with you all about Reed’s passing. I will always remember him from church and high school days when for two years, he and Willy Trivette would alternate driving us to school along with Ann Taylor – those were happy times. Love to you all during this sad time..

  • Chris Hesley Posted March 2, 2019 4:06 pm

    One of the finest men I ever knew. Friendly, polite, a great conversationalist, and supremely intelligent. He was a great teacher who loved what he did. I will miss seeing his smile and talking to him. God Bess this great man.

  • John and Mary Boy Miller Posted March 2, 2019 4:42 pm

    We extend our Heartfelt Sympathy to each of you! May the Grace and Mercy of God surround you with His Loving Peace and Comfort!

  • Alyce Grady Posted March 3, 2019 10:44 am

    Reed was my brother-in-law and one of the kindest and most sensitive people I have known. Extremely talented with a mind like a steel trap for details and trivia! He had a love for entertainment as well as educating others, particularly the younger generstion. He will be missed by all of us, very much.

  • Gilbert Umberger Posted March 4, 2019 7:25 pm

    Patti, Michael, Betsy and Furr family Our prayers are with you with the passing of Reed May God bring you comfort, strength and peace in the days ahead of you We know that there are many wonderful memories of Reed and we pray those wonderful memories will sustain you Love and prayers, Gilbert, Lora, Alyson and Richard Umberger

  • Anne and Charles Cooper Posted March 4, 2019 7:37 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your precious Reed! Our prayers are with you all! May the Lord comfort you and give you great peace beyond understanding!

  • John and Carol Cook Posted March 5, 2019 11:09 am

    Michael and Betsy, so sorry to hear about your dear father. We send our sympathy, love, and prayers.
    Your Boone neighbors, John and Carol Cook

  • Jennie Burleson Posted March 8, 2019 8:41 pm

    I’m so sorry to learn of Reed’s passing. Praying for Patty and your family.

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