Woodford County

Former Versailles mayor, basketball official Charlie Reed dies at 80

Versailles councilman Charlie Reed, who also was a former mayor of the Woodford county seat, died Sunday at his home. He was 80.

"He will be sorely missed," council member Owen Roberts said. "He always had Versailles in his heart."

Reed served several two-year terms on the city council, beginning in 1980, and he was elected mayor in 1989. He was defeated for re-election in 1998 by Fred Siegelman, who has been mayor since.

Reed was then elected as a city council member in 2004, and he served until his death.

Reed was born in Fayette County but grew up in Versailles. A 1948 graduate of Versailles High School, he joined the Army in 1951. Two years later, he returned home as a disabled veteran.

He resumed farming, and in 1955, he became assistant director of the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He continued in that position until 1961.

He then worked for Protection Service Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., where he sold safety equipment, primarily for highway construction, for 35 years.

Reed also was known for his work as a basketball referee. He began officiating for small Central Kentucky schools in 1952, and he was a referee at the Boys' State Basketball Tournament in 1973.

After 1973, he started officiating at the college level in the Ohio Valley Conference, then the Atlantic Coast Conference and finally the Southeastern Conference.

He officiated at NCAA tournament games, including one between Indiana and University of Texas-El Paso in Memorial Coliseum in 1975. He also worked the championship game of the Midwest Regional Tournament between Marquette and Wake Forest in 1977. Marquette won that game and went on to become the national champions in Atlanta.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles is handling arrangements.

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