Joseph W. “Toby” Reid, Jr. 61, of Dalton, Georgia, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Hamilton Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 13, 1957, in Reading, Pa., but his family roots go back to South Georgia – to Americus, Plains, Leslie, and Desoto. Toby was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Bagley Reid.
Toby is survived by his father, Joseph W. “Toby” Reid, Sr. of Dalton; sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and David Blaylock of Marietta; niece, Abigail and her husband Mik Todd of Atlanta; nephew, David Andrew Blaylock of Athens; and great-nieces, Savannah May Todd and Audrey Carole Todd.
After moving to Dalton with his family in 1960, Toby spent the rest of his life here. He graduated from Dalton High School in 1975, and as an avid golfer, he played on the high school golf team for four years and on the Junior Masters Tour. Toby’s favorite golf companion was his father, and one of their best memories together was the day Toby shot a 31 – with five straight 3’s – on the front nine at the Dalton Country Club. He attended Dalton Junior College, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.
Toby enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. He dearly loved his family and regularly traveled with his father to visit home in South Georgia. He made many great friendships at Dalton’s Greater Works over the years. He also loved drinking a Coca-Cola, reading his Bible and looking at the beautiful flowers and butterflies in the family’s backyard garden (perhaps the biggest in Dalton) that his father and friend Curtis Williams have tended the last 25 years to remember Alice.
The family will receive friends at Love Funeral Home in Dalton on Thursday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at Desoto United Methodist Church in Desoto, Ga. Please dress casually in remembrance of Toby as he always loved a good sweatshirt. Toby will be remembered for many things, but especially for his great smile, laugh, and “Lord Jesus” handshake.
The family asks that flowers please be omitted and memorials be made to Dalton’s Greater Works, P.O. Box 6 Dalton, GA 30722 or to Dalton First United Methodist Church, 500 N. Thornton Ave. Dalton, GA 30720.