Roots in Maysville run deep in the Reed family.

A visitor to Maysville may happen upon Stanley Reed Court, a roadway named in honor of Maysville native Stanley F. Reed.

His grandson, Stanley Reed III unveiled the sign many years ago.

Reed was best known for being a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1938 to 1957, before retiring to his native Maysville. Reed died in 1980.

On Jan. 10, his son, Stanley F. Reed Jr., 97, a retired lawyer and also a native of Maysville died at Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Born in Maysville in 1914, to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley F. Reed and Winifred E. Reed., Reed Jr. graduated from Yale University in 1935 and Harvard Law School in 1938.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy, reaching the rank of Lt. commander and spent part of the war in London.

Reed Jr. retired to Palm Beach after retiring from the New York law firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn, where he was a partner, said his son, Stanley F. Reed III.

Reed Jr. liked to keep in touch with the area, even when he was living elsewhere, said Maysville Mayor David Cartmell.

"He always kept an interest in Kentucky politics and would call to ask me what was going on here," Cartmell said. "There was a sense of being attached to the land here by the Reed family."

Harriet R. Harris, Reed Jr.'s daughter still visits the family farms twice a year or more, Cartmell said.

"We look forward to her visits," Cartmell said.

Reed's daughter remembers him as the epitome of a Kentucky gentlemen, she said Tuesday.

"He was just incredibly kind, and thoughtful and caring," Harris said. "He was just like my grandfather. People called him a Kentucky gentleman, too."

In 1949, Reed Jr. married Harriet T. Dyer of Newport. R.I. She died in 2005.

"After mother died, he went to live in an apartment at Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence, an assisted living facility. When they were together, my parents offset each others needs, so when she was gone, he moved there," said Reed III. "He was still able to be very active. He was an avid golfer; he learned to play as a child in Maysville."

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Reed Jr. was a memorable person who inspired others, Harris said.

"Even the man who runs the farm for us said my father had taken a chance on him 20 years ago and the trust he had shown inspired him," Harris said.

"He always welcomed visitors when he lived in New York City. I remember he would take us to see the New York Stock Exchange and go to his club." Cartmell said. "He was just a personable man; we will miss him,"

"I was on a plane going to visit him on Tuesday when I got the news he had passed. The staff and everyone at McKeen  really understood the kind of man my father was and in the seven years he was there became very attached to him," Harris said. "They were genuinely upset that he has passed on."

The respect and appreciation of the work of his children and others was evident in his life, she said.

"I never heard a person say a bad thing about him,"Harris said.

Reed II recently wrote a book about the 2010 BP oil spill.

"On his nightstand was a copy of my brother Stanley's book, In Too Deep. He was proud of what Stanley had done," Harris said.

A memorial is planned for later this year and donations are suggested to McKeen Residence, 315 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401.


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