Steven A. Reid

February 3, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Steven Reid Obituary

Steven A. Reid, 69, of Columbus, Ohio passed away at his home on February 3, 2024.  Steven was born on December 13, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio to the late Anna Elizabeth and Thomas Reid. He grew up in Columbus and attended Weinland Park Elementary School, Champion Middle School and East High School. During his time at East High School he was known for his skills in basketball. As the youngest of five children, he was affectionately known among his brothers and sisters to enjoy fitness, playing the electric guitar and being a fan of Motown-era artists. Steven was also baptized at a young age at Shiloh Baptist Church under Reverend J.W. Parrish, and played basketball on the church team.

After graduating, Steven attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University where he excelled in the coursework and played collegiate basketball. After leaving university, he earned his Master Plumbing License at the exceptionally young age of 21. Master Plumbers are licensed and certified to work on water systems and pipes, but also have proven their experience and skill in drafting blueprints and leading teams of journeymen plumbers. Steven also took a leadership position in Reid Plumbing, the company started by his father Thomas Reid. He dedicated five decades to his profession, growing the services and staff of the company into present-day Reid Plumbing and Gas.

In addition to winning many large-scale commercial and industrial contracts on behalf of Reid Plumbing and Gas, Steven also contributed his skills and talents to his community. He served as past President and longtime member of the Near East Area Commission, providing guidance and acting as a liaison between city officials and residents. His work on the area commission ensured resident concerns were addressed properly as the region saw developments such as AmeriFlora at Franklin Park and investments along Broad Street. He worked tirelessly on many development projects throughout the state, including the current I-670 Corridor and bridge connecting the neighborhoods along the route to the surrounding interstate infrastructure. He led the plumbing efforts on many residences and commercial buildings within the community, including along Taylor Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Several institutions sought Steven’s expertise, including IMPACT Community Action where he supported their Home Weatherization Assistance Program. In this program he ensured that low-income seniors in Franklin County were benefactors of high-quality home services.

Outside of work and community involvements, Steven was a devoted father and husband. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his beloved wife of over 40 years Julie Middlebrooks Reid. He and Julie attended elementary school together as children, and started their journey through life as young adults hand-in-hand. Together, they created countless cherished memories with their two daughters Stephanie and Vanessa, from family vacations to quiet evenings at home. Steven was also a proud grandfather to Marcus Reid, and relished in his role of guiding and encouraging the next generation of the Reid family.

In his free time, Steven pursued many interests that were varied and dynamic. Many of those interests were in service to help others. He was a man who changed with the times, and those individuals closest to him had a chance to share in those interests as well.

Steven was also a man of vision and of execution. He believed in always doing his best, and passed this value along to his daughters and grandson. He was a man of few words, often because he carefully considered a matter before speaking. His belief in God and the truth contained in the Bible helped to guide how he moved throughout the world.

Steven will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Julie Middlebrooks Reid; daughters, Stephanie (Calrissian Whitaker) Reid and Vanessa Reid; grandson, Marcus Reid; brothers and sisters Thomas (Angela) Reid II, Linda Smith, David Reid and Patricia Dickerson; sister-in-law Darlene (Donald Smith) Middlebrooks Smith; nephews and nieces Stephen Reid, Thomas Reid III, Melanie Dickerson, Chad Dickerson, Sarah Miller-Reid Miller, Rondale Middlebrooks, Joe Middlebrooks and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Anna Elizabeth Reid and Thomas Reid.

Services to honor and celebrate Steven's life will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church (720 Mt Vernon Ave) on Friday, February 16th with the viewing beginning at 11:00 a.m. This will be followed by funeral services at 12:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, interment at Greenlawn Cemetery and a memorial gathering/repast at Highlife Studio Event Space (309 Marshall Passage) from 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. 

Steven's life was full and impactful, and he left a positive influence on all of the organizations, businesses and most importantly the individuals surrounding him. As you know, Steven was a stoic man of faith and would not want anyone to be overwhelmed with sadness at this time, but instead be comforted that he has gone to be with the Lord.

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February 16, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Shiloh Baptist Church
720 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203

Celebration of Life
February 16, 2024

12:00 PM
Shiloh Baptist Church
720 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203

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February 16, 2024

2:00 PM
Green Lawn Cemetery
1000 Greenlawn Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223


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