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J.L. Reed Poss, 87
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On Friday, June 24, 2022, J.L. Reed Poss was called home at the age of 87. The world has lost a great son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Reed was loved by many who appreciated his loving and caring nature.

Reed was born in Smithville on Nov. 5, 1934. He grew up and spent the majority of his life in the McMinnville area. Reed served in the Army from 1953 to 1956 and was stationed in Berlin, Germany. He was honored and proud to have served his country. When he returned home from serving his country, he and Verda Fisher married and had three children. He drove a truck for over 20 years and did construction with his brothers. He enjoyed woodworking and collectibles.

Reed met and married Rosenda Viola Romero in 2011. They relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2015 and spent their years together traveling, spending time with family, and making their house a warm and welcoming home to all.

Reed is survived by spouse, Rosenda Viola Poss; his brother, Harold Poss (Diane); his sisters, Opal Land (Lewis), Jane Young, and Donna Poss Young (Butch); his children, Vickie Gilbert (Allen), Doug Poss, Rhonda Jones, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and stepchildren, Tanya Bess, Bonnie Reagan, Claire Camp, and Barbara Griego.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herschel Poss; his mother, Barbara Carmean Cantrell; his brother Melvin Poss; his sister Elizabeth Poss Reagan; second wife, Wilma R. Carter, and grandson Joshua Daniel Jones.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 5, 2022, 11 a.m. at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will take place at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with military honors. Fellowship for family and friends will follow at Newtown The Baptist Church of Christ, 2330 Shelbyville Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110. Online condolences may be made at

Gardens of Memory is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 3, 2022