UPDATED: Stanley Reed Dies in Auto Accident

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

Stanley Reed

Mark Martin, Arkansas Secretary of State, offered prayers for Reed's family.

"Arkansas has lost a great leader and a tireless advocate for our agricultural and business communities," Martin said, via Twitter.

The state Republican Party also expressed condolences via Twitter, saying, "We have lost a true friend and beloved Arkansan in Stanley Reed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, family and friends."

Business, Political Leader

A third-generation cotton farmer, Reed had been a finalist for the president of the University of Arkansas System, who was chosen this week.

At the time of his death, Reed was on the boards of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Simmons National Bank Corp. of Pine Bluff, the Arkansas World Trade Center Board of Advisors and the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation.

He previously served as a board member for Baptist Health, Cotton Incorporated and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Committee. He was as a member of the AFBF Trade Advisory Committee.

Reed ran for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate during the last election cycle, but withdrew from the race in December 2009 for health reasons. 

Reed defeated David Hillman of Almyra to be president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau in December 2003. He had been vice president of the nonprofit advocacy organization since 1999. He also had served the Farm Bureau as secretary/treasurer for six years and has been on the board for more than 15 years. 


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