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Adell Reed Spears

May 8, 1949 — February 18, 2024

Abingdon, VA

Abingdon, Va. – Adell Reed Spears, age 74, of Abingdon, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 18, 2024. She was born in Nodena, east of Wilson, Arkansas, on May 8, 1949, to Nancy Ewing Reed and the late Oscar Reed, Jr.   

Adell graduated from Wilson Trade High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.   She moved to Abingdon as a young adult and was a member of Valley Street Baptist Church.  Adell was an employee of the Ball Corporation for many years from where she retired.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Reed Lowery, and Jeanie Reed Sheffey; a brother, John Henry Reed, Sr.; and two nephews, John H. Reed, Jr., and Ronald T. Reed.


In addition to her mother, Adell is survived by her daughter, Nicole Johnson; grandsons, Christopher Spears and Isiah Spears; special brother, Oscar Reed III and wife Regina; one uncle, Isiah Reed; two nephews, Gary Grice and Anthony Frazier; four nieces, Naomi (Iydell) Irvin, Dorothea Frazier, Dorothy Frazier-Morales and husband Isaias, and Rachel Sheffey; great nephew, her “Bossman”, Isaias Morales; great niece, Asia Frazier; a host of cousins; and special friends, Cheryl Coleman, Becky Dunn and Arthur Beidleman.


A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens, with Pastor Dwayne Knight officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by Highlands Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Washington County Life Saving Crew, the staff and doctors at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Gentiva Hospice and The Waters of Bristol. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com and signing the online guest register.

The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Adell Reed Spears by clicking here.

The family of Adell Reed Spears is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210 (276-623-2700).

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