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Oak Hill Memorial Park
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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First Broad Street United Methodist Church
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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First Broad Street United Methodist Church
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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Martha Josephine Reid

Martha Josephine (Josie) Reid died peacefully on the morning of June 9th in Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief illness. She was surrounded by the love of her family and friends as she went to be with her beloved husband, Toy F. Reid, who had preceded her in heaven. As a long-time supporter of Holston Valley, it was an appropriate setting.


Josie was born on January 9, 1926 in Nashville, Tennessee and at the age of two moved with her family to Memphis, Tennessee then later to Columbia, South Carolina where she met her future husband. They were both graduates of Dreher High School and the University of South Carolina. After their marriage in 1947 they moved to Kingsport  in 1948 when he began work at Tennessee Eastman. Her long life has been one of great accomplishment and great love.


In the community, she was a member of the Junior League, and pointed to service at Palmer House and Contact Concern being formative experiences for her. She delighted in working with children with limitations and grew to be a much-valued confidant to many. She poured herself into the life of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, where she served in many leadership positions, taught Sunday School and  United Methodist Women Circles, lead a Monday Morning Women's Bible Study for more than 50 years, and sang in the choir. In addition to area health care services, she was a long supporter of Friends In Need, the Salvation Army, and United Way. She was a longtime active member of the Disciplined Order of Christ, the Christian Women's Club, and Delphian. She also like to point out with humor that she was the one and only “Queen for the Day” in the history of the University of South Carolina.


Even more so than for her many accomplishments she will be remembered for her great love. She loved God, her church, her husband, her family, and her many, many friends… and she was ready to be anyone’s friend. It has been aptly said that “a friend in need is a friend indeed.” She was a friend in deeds. The huge number of people she spiritually, emotionally, or financially supported will never be exactly known because she always did it quietly with no thought of recognition or reward. She truly lived a life of Christian example and always emphasized joy rather than judgment.


The joy she exuded was inspirational. Her spontaneous, infectious laughter was always on display. She rejoiced in the adorable relationship she and her husband shared. She rejoiced in their children and grandchildren. She rejoiced in their mutual extended family of brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews. She rejoiced in dancing and their closest friends formed a “dance club” which met regularly. But most of all, she rejoiced in her close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert S. Eggerton and Martha Josephine Eggerton, her brothers, Albert S. Eggerton Jr and Walter Hawkins Eggerton, her husband, Toy F. Reid, and her son, Toy F. Reid Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Martha Josephine Reid, her son Mark Eggerton Reid and his wife Jeanne Qualls Reid, and her grandchildren, Kailyn Larraine Reid and Toy Marcus Reid.


Her family would like to express their gratitude for the kind and excellent treatment she received from the caregivers and medical professionals at Holston Valley. A special note of gratitude goes to her longtime caregivers, Ruth Hite and Amanda Wells, who truly have become members of our family.


Memorial donation suggestions are First Broad Street United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army.


A memorial celebration service will be held on June 25th at 4pm at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with a reception in the fellowship hall at 5pm. Pastors Randy Frye and Jack Weikel will be presiding.

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What a beautiful tribute to this lovely lady that I had the privilege of knowing. Josie was definitely a disciple of the most High God. Her life was a testament of what Christ like means. I will miss seeing her sweet smile and always encouraging words. ❤️🙏🏼❤️

Julie Ho Jul 1 2022 8:33 PM

What a beautiful lady that loved to smile and greet everyone by name. She always made you feel important and that she was glad to see you. Such a gift to share God's light with everyone one you meet. She will be greatly missed.

Scott and Tricia Taylor Jun 27 2022 8:32 PM

Josie was a beautiful and loving lady who endeared herself to all who had the honor of knowing her. I fell in love with Josie when I was five years old
(she was 14 at the time) and she still holds a special place in my heart more than 80 years later. While she will be sorely missed by those who remain here, she has certainly moved on to a better place where she will be with the Lord and those who preceded her in passing and have waited so long for her arrival.

J R Roseberry Jun 27 2022 6:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Martha Reid

Susan Quay Jun 25 2022 3:22 PM

Luke 8:16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light."

Josie was and will be a light to so many people. Her example of living life with Joy, Curiosity, Gratitude, and Thoughtfulness shine brightly as does her gifts of listening and friendship. They all beam out of her readily available and shared smiles and laughter.

She sure let her light shine…and all who knew her are grateful for the moments we had with her.

Pete Nehnevajsa Jun 25 2022 8:43 AM

We will miss your Mom so much. She was such a special person. I’m so sorry we cannot be at the service as we already had plans to be out of town. We are thinking of you all and praying for each of you.

Dave and Miggie Atkinson. Jun 24 2022 4:19 PM

Josie Reid was a great supporter of Kingsport and will be missed by many family members, friends and associates. The Friends of the Archives expresses thanks for her support over the years and sends sympathy to those who loved her.

Jane Harris Jun 24 2022 1:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Martha Reid

David, Jerri and Bryan Hale Jun 23 2022 4:50 PM

Josie was such a kind, generous individual and touched the lives of all who knew her. My prayers are with the family, as I know she will be sorely missed.

Donna Jones Jun 20 2022 4:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Martha Reid

Denise Marshall Burton Jun 16 2022 10:52 PM

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