The Dickson County commission chamber is now named after long-time commissioner Buford “Booty” Reed Jr. after a proclamation presentation Monday, June 3.
County Mayor Bob Rial read the proclamation at NHC Dickson while standing next to Reed, his wife and his daughter.
Reed, 73, who has been battling a brain tumor, has been unable to attend recent commission meetings because of his health.
The commissioner has served in the position for nearly 30 years, since he was elected in 1990, Rial said.
“Booty Reed has influenced the lives of thousands of citizens in a positive and meaningful way,” Rial said during the presentation.
About 45 people gathered in the assisted living home, including commissioners and community members.
“He (Reed) is one of the finest people ever,” commissioner Linda Hayes said.
Reed wrote a speech for the event and his daughter, Leslie Reed Brietenmoser, read his words.
“I am very sick but I feel very lucky to be here tonight and I praise the Lord for allowing me to be,” he wrote. “Thank you for this great honor. I am humbled by it and I deeply appreciate all of you for your love and support.”
Besides being a county commissioner, Reed has also served as the Dickson and Waverly Housing Authority director for 35 years and as the Achievement Chairman for the Boy Scouts, where he has mentored over 400 young men through Eagle Scout projects.
Reed had a word of advice for his fellow commissioners during the annual budget season.
“Be sure and do everything you can to help the people of the county, help those that need you,” he wrote.
Rial promised Reed there was an open seat on the commission waiting for him and that they want him back in it, he said.
“I want to be back,” Reed said.