Oscar Russell “Rusty” Reed, Jr.

May 18, 1949 – July 19, 2021

Rusty Reed departed life on this earth to be with his Heavenly Father and many others that he loved on July 19, 2021.  Born May 18, 1949, he lived 72 years.

Rusty was born in Tutwiler, MS, to Russell and Frances Holloway Reed.  He shared his childhood with his brother, James Louis Reed in Glen Allan, MS.  The family moved to Winona, MS in 1965 where he met the love of his life, Nanda Austin Reed. 

Rusty was an active member of First Baptist Church in Winona where he served on the deacon body.  He was a faithful church member for many years.  He was also a member of the former Winona Civitan Club and the Winona Men’s Club. 

In addition to his church and community service, Rusty enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He loved his “lunch bunch” at Ms. Nix’s café where he often took his grandchildren to “show them off.”  On Fridays in the fall, he could often be found in Tiger Stadium eating peanuts and cheering for the Tigers, and he especially loved his Thursday night card and pool club.   Growing up on Lake Washington, Rusty was an avid fisherman.  He enjoyed crappie fishing with his son, Russ, and his other fishing buddies. 

Rusty was loved by his wife of 50 years, Nanda Austin Reed; his daughter and son-in-law, Joey and Betsy Tompkins; his son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Allie Reed; and his precious grandchildren, Molly Tompkins, Joe Reed Tompkins, Isabel Reed and Cate Russell Reed. 

Rusty is survived by his wife, Nanda Austin Reed of Winona; daughter, Betsy (Joey) Tompkins of Winona; son, Russ (Allie) Reed of Winona; granddaughters, Molly Tompkins, Isabel Reed and Cate Russell Reed of Winona; grandson, Joe Reed Tompkins of Winona; his brother, James Louis Reed of Carrollton; and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Frances Holloway Reed. 

Pallbearers include:  Chris Reed, Brandon Reed, Michael Rosamond, Jamie Gant, Anthony Cupps, Matthew Kelly, and Jeffrey Whitfield.  Honorary pallbearers are:  Dennis Kelly, Denny Hoover, Bo Thompson, Durwood McCormick, and Clint Tompkins.

Oliver Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.  Visitation will be Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 5-7 at First Baptist Church of Winona.  Funeral will held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at First Baptist Church with graveside following at the Winona Garden of Memories. 

23 thoughts on “Oscar Russell “Rusty” Reed, Jr.

  1. My thoughts and prayers for all of you. Rusty was always smiling, and was an encourager to me, as he expressed how he liked my playing. Will miss him.

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  2. So sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for the family through this grief period.

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  3. Oh, Mr. Rusty, you are missed TERRIBLY!!!!!!! You were such a sweet and caring man! I never saw you anywhere that we didn’t have a conversation, you always spoke to everyone!

    Mrs. Nanda, Mrs. Betsy Thompkins, and Mr. Russ We are PRAYING for you ALL!!!!!!!

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  4. Rusty was a special friend. I am so glad that my family & I visited with him while I was in Winona for July 4th weekend. We had such a great time. May God bless each of you. Love, Jeanne Kelly Fowler

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  5. So sorry to hear of Rusty passing. He was a great friend and will be truly missed. Prayers for the family.

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  6. I never in all the years since play dates with Debbie saw Rusty not smiling and friendly ! He will be truly missed. Nanda, you are in my thoughts as well as the rest of your family. He is well loved !!!

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  7. When I think of Rusty, I always remember him smiling. Nanda, Betsy, Russ and all the family, my deepest sympathy on your great loss. I will be thinking of you all in the days, weeks and months to come as you learn to carry on without Rusty. Love, Paula Jones

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  8. Nanda, Ben and I are praying for you and your family during this sad time. I have missed Sammie, but it was good seeing you, Karla and Debbie at her funeral. May God comfort you and your family in the days ahead as your will recall so many good memories of your 50 years together.

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  9. I met Rusty while working at Anel and we became great fishing buddies and the dearest of friends. Terribly sad to hear of his passing and will greatly miss him! Praying for Nanda and the entire family.

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  10. We are so sorry to hear of Rusty’s death. He was a fine person and always had a jovial spirit. He will be truly missed.

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  11. There has never been a finer person than Rusty ! He would do anything for anybody. I have so many good memories of us hunting, fishing, playing golf and beach vacations ! Praying for Nanda , Betsy , Russ and family 🙏🏻 He will be dearly missed but we will all see him again one day in a better place ‼️
    RIP my friend ‼️
    Phil 4:13 ✝️

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  12. Nanda, I have you and your family in my prayers. I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Rusty. I have fond memories of us at Holmes Jr. College and Mississippi State University.

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  13. Nanda, Russ, and Betsy,
    I am so sorry about Rusty. He was always so friendly when I would see him in town. I know you all are heart broken, may you find comfort in knowing he will be waiting for you all in heaven.
    Love you.

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  14. So sorry to hear about Rusty. He was a very fine person. I remember he was such a gentleman in school. I know Nanda and family that he has left yall with a lot of precious memories. My thoughts and prayers are with yall.

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  15. Nanda, Betsy, Russ and all of Rusty’s wonderful grandkids,
    I could not have asked for a better neighbor than Rusty. He was one funny guy. I will miss him and hope you can find comfort in all the good memories he created with you. I am praying for each of you.

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  16. Nanda, Rodney and I were so saddened to hear of Rusty’s passing. Love and prayers
    for you, Betsy and Russ. May God wrap His loving arms around each of you.

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  17. Nanda, so sorry to hear this! Rusty was always a friend and likable person! Smiling joking around and caring on a bunch of foolishness! He will be greatly missed! Prayers for you and your family!

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  18. I sure loved my cousin, Rusty. So sorry that I could not be there and pay my respects, but I am praying for all the family. We can take comfort that he is rejoicing with Jesus and all his loved ones that were waiting on him. I will see you again one day.

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  19. I met Rusty while working at Anel. He was always friendly, kind, and fun-loving. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Prayers are with the family.

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