George David Reid passed away Sunday at the age of 77 from complications associated with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in his home in Big Canoe, Ga.
Dave was the youngest son of James Arthur Reid, founder of Reid’s Fine Foods located on Providence Road for over 60 years before relocating to downtown Charlotte.
Dave was born to the late Arthur and Irene Reid on Feb. 17, 1936, in Charlotte, N.C. He spent much of his childhood working at Reid’s Fine Foods as a stock boy in addition to squeezing in every sport and school activity he could possibly manage. Dave graduated from Myers Park High School in 1954 and went on to receive a degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1958.
He married the love of his life, the late Virginia Reid, in 1957. Their life together began in Charlotte and took them and their four children through Savannah, Ga., Richmond, Va., Atlanta, Ga., and back to Savannah before finally settling in the mountains of Big Canoe in 2002.
Dave never met a man or a golf course he didn’t like. He was a born salesman and went into the insurance business after graduating from UNC. He spent his first 20+ years with Liberty Mutual and finally retired from Palmer and Cay in 1999. When he retired Dave was voted Outstanding Insurance Professional of the Year by the Risk Insurance Management Society.
Dave is survived by four children, Hope Gibson, Alpharetta, Deedee Reid, Big Canoe, Art Reid, Sandy Springs, and Misty Reid, Stone Mountain. Dave is also survived by five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Big Canoe Chapel. Services are tentatively planned for Jan. 18 and will be held at the Big Canoe Chapel in Big Canoe. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Reid family.