Dale Albert “Shorty” Reed, Jr., age 79, of Keysville, VA, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Whirley Reed.

Shorty is survived by his children, Dale Reed III (Belinda), Melissa Tharpe (Matthew), Lynn Duffer (Rodney), Linda Ferguson (Donald), Joyce Crews (Jimmy), Theresa Adkins (Frank); nine grandchildren, Frank Adkins, Jr. (Tanya), Brandon Adkins (Billie Jo). Tina Nowlin (Benji), Amy Parsons, Tiffany Adkins (P.J.), Travis Ferguson, Heather Brown (Taylor), Shannon Tharpe, Allison Sands (Evan); nine great-grandchildren, Devin Adkins, Hadlee Adkins, Dillion Nowlin, Annabella Newcomb, Alyssa Osborne, Brylee Ferguson, Waylon Brown, Kayden Sands, Emry Sands; and three great-great-grandchildren, Rinsley Nowlin, Willow Osborne, and Sadie Osborne.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery, Keysville, VA.  Public viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2022, at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of choice. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is assisting the family.

Condolence Messages

  1. Betty Crews

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May God give you all peace and comfort at this time.
    Love, Betty

  2. Jerry and Connie Mason

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    Deep sympathies to all the family and love ones. Love to all!

  3. Dana and Will

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    We are so sorry for your loss Heather. You, Taylor and the rest of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Frieda Whirley

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    My heart is broken. May you seek comfort from the Lord during the days to come…love and prayers sent to you all. See you soon

  5. Garry Sims

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    Many prayers

  6. Juanita Stubleski

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    Sorry for your families loss. Shorty and I grew up together. I am a few years younger. His father Dale Sr. and my mother Marguerite were brother and sister. I carried some of you on my hip as you were growing up. You have all turned out amazing. Shorty was a great man who made something out of nothing! I hope he says hello when I make the trip. Again. My sympathy

  7. Janice McKinney Daniel

    29 June 2022 1 year ago

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you all

  8. Harvey& Pamela Shores

    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    So sorry for your loss
    Prayers and thoughts for family.

  9. MARK Fears

    30 June 2022 1 year ago


  10. Melissa F. Price

    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    So very sorry , prayers to you all !

  11. Noblin family

    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    John Henry and I are so sad to hear the passing of Shorty. He was a wonderful and a hard working man.He never gave up. He never knew a stranger. God be with the family during this difficult time RIP Shorty.

  12. Jerry Hensley Jr.

    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    So sorry for yalls loss; Shorty was a wonderful person/friend. Have known him all my life; he will be missed greatly.
    Sending comforting prayers to all his family and friends.

  13. Patricia and Daniel Felker

    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    Sending our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Reed. Melissa, Lynn and Shannon a special hug and prayers sent your way.

  14. Jennifer and Robbie

    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    Praying for comfort for all!


    30 June 2022 1 year ago

    Shorty was one of customers at my job and whenever he was in the area we would stop and speak to me and ask me how I was doing he will be missed may the strength in the lord give you comfort in your time of need

  16. Jack and Tammy Silby

    01 July 2022 1 year ago

    Sorry for your loss.Prayers for the family.

  17. Cheryl Whirley

    01 July 2022 1 year ago

    May God send His comfort and peace.

  18. Teresa Francis

    01 July 2022 1 year ago

    We Are So Sorry For Your Loss. Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With All Of You.
    Malcolm Francis and Family

  19. Tanya Avila

    01 July 2022 1 year ago

    I am sorry for your loss. I have some pretty nice memories growing up of Shortie! He always treated me as his own whenever I was there. I greatly appreciated that.

  20. Nancy B. Allen

    05 July 2022 1 year ago

    I am sorry the loss of your father, Lynn you and family have my condolences. I am praying for you all. Rest In Peace Dale Reed.

  21. Elsa Trammell Yohn

    06 July 2022 1 year ago

    Reese and family: So sorry to hear that your dad has passed. May God comfort and bring peace to all. Think of you so often dear childhood friend.

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