LITTLE ROCK — Stanley E. Reed, the ninth
president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, died in a single-car accident
Friday morning. A cotton farmer from Marianna (Lee County), Reed served
as president of the organization from 2003-2008. He was 59.
He is survived by his wife Charlene and three children and three grandchildren.
“The State of Arkansas has lost a true leader, and the Farm
Bureau family has lost a gracious man,” says Randy Veach of Manila
(Mississippi County), current president of Arkansas Farm Bureau.
“Stanley Reed stood for everything that is good and just about this
organization. He was a man of integrity, compassion and faith.
“As a past president of Arkansas Farm Bureau and its
affiliated companies, Stanley demonstrated foresight and wisdom in
dealing with an organization that represents one out of every four
families in our state. He guided our organization through a time of
challenging change, particularly as we restructured our business
interests to better support the needs of our membership. His legal
background and awareness were vital during this process.
“Our prayers are with his family.”
Reed served as a member of the state board of directors for
21 years, starting in 1987. He additionally served from 1993-99 as
secretary-treasurer and from 2000-2003 as vice president. Reed was a
past member of the American Farm Bureau (AFBF) board of directors and
on the board of the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance company,
serving as vice chairman from 2006-09. He also was on the board of
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance company. Reed was president of Lee
County Farm Bureau from 1982-84.
Reed is a former member of the University of Arkansas board
of trustees (1998-2008), and served as chairman of the board from
2006-08. He was a distinguished alumnus of the University of Arkansas,
where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in
1973. He also earned a juris doctorate from the UofA in 1976,
graduating with highest honors. He was a chairman of the UAMS College
of Medicine Advisory Board, a member of the UAMS Foundation Board, a
charter member of the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural
engineering, and the Arkansas Delta WIRED Academy Steering Committee.
At the time of his death, Reed was on the boards of
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Simmons National Bank, the
Arkansas World Trade Center Board of Advisors and the Brandon
Burlsworth Foundation. He previously served as a board member for
Baptist Health. Additionally, Reed was a past board member of Cotton
Incorporated and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Committee.
Reed also served as a member of the AFBF Trade Advisory
Committee. He traveled extensively to promote Arkansas agriculture,
including trade missions to Cuba, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Turkey,
Brazil, Peru, Panama and Rwanda.