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OBITUARY: Farest Elmo ‘Pete’ Reed, 85, of Burnet dies Nov. 7, 2013

Farest Elmo “Pete” Reed was born May 7, 1928, and passed away Nov. 7, 2013, at his home in Burnet. After many years of helping others, he died trying to help his grandson. He was born in Star, Texas, and raised in Hamilton, Texas.

He was one of nine children born to the William Riley and Nannie Elizabeth Gordon Reed, who preceded him in death. He is survived by sister Alice Willis.

Pete was the beloved husband of Leola Maxine Mckandless Reed for more than 60 years. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Ann Reed Denison and husband Stan and Rebecca Kay Reed Ayers and husband Ken; and one son, William Gary Reed.

He will be forever remembered by his treasured grandchildren, Jerry Wayne Holt and wife Sandi, Stephen Jay Russell, Kristopher Dual Ayers and wife Stephanie and Matthew William Reed. He cherished his great-grandchildren, Steven Paul Whisman, Caitlin Marie Russell, Jayden Claire Russell and Rebecca Rose Ayers. Pete was loved by countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.

He was preceded in death by grandson Chad Elliott Denison.

Pete loved listening to country music, harvesting pecans, playing dominoes, hunting, fishing, laughing, being with his family, having fun with friends and serving many years as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Burnet. He also was well known for being “one of the best tree grafters in Burnet County.”

He touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation with family 5-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at Edgar Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444. A funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at First Baptist Church of Burnet. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Murphree Cemetery in Evant.

The family requests all donations be sent to the loving people who give such wonderful care for his wife, Maxine: Group Friends of Hospice, c/o Seton Highland Lakes Hospice, P.O. Box 1219, Burnet, TX 78611.

Friends may sign an online register book and leave a personal message for the family at