UPDATED: Stanley Reed Dies in Auto Accident

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 2:39 pm  

Stanley Reed

Stanley Reed of Marianna, the Arkansas Farm Bureau president from 2003-2008 who had been a finalist this week for president of the University of Arkansas System, died in a one-vehicle crash Friday morning.

According to Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler, the crash scene was on U.S. Highway 64, one mile east of Augusta. Arkansas State Trooper Kurt Zigenhorn was sent to the scene at 9:53 a.m. following a report electronically sent from the Woodruff County Sheriff's Department.

State Police said Reed, 59, was the lone occupant of his 2003 Cadillac Escalade, heading east on the highway. Zigenhorn said he believed Reed was returning to Marianna from a farm supply business at Augusta.

State Police said Reed's vehicle left the roadway without any evidence of attempting to brake or skid, crossed a ditch, traveled more than 300 feet and struck a tree.

Reed was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary fatal crash summary report said he was not wearing a seat belt. Reed's body was sent to Rhodes and Son Funeral Home in Marianna.

State Police said an investigative report won't be completed until next week.

Reed is survived by his wife, Charlene; their children Haley, Nathan and Anna; and their three grandchildren.

'First-rate Citizen'

Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday that he was "shocked" to hear of Reed's death. He called Reed a "staunch advocate for Arkansas farmers and farm families."

"He was known for his dedication and commitment, and his voice will be missed," Beebe said.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who won the Senate seat that Reed ran for in during the 2010 election cycle, said Arkansas had lost "a true friend and champion."

"Stanley’s friendship has meant a great deal to me over the years and his wisdom and example has had tremendous influence on so many," he said.



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