Asheboro radio icon Reid dies at age 62

ASHEBORO – Larry Reid, a radio personality in Randolph County for more than three decades, died Saturday at age 62.

He spent most of his career at WKXR and WZOO, creating an identity on the air and also serving as station manager.

He was named honorary mayor of Asheboro the day prior to his passing. He succumbed to an undisclosed illness.

A prayer vigil was held last week in Asheboro a few days prior to his death.

Reid was a Western Carolina graduate with a degree in radio/television and film and he put that to good use.

Around Asheboro, he was the emcee and master of ceremonies for numerous events.

Dozens of tributes were posted to the Pugh Funeral Home website, where his death was announced.

One of those called Reid “the most loved man in Randolph County” and another called him “Mr. Randolph County. He lit up our town where he went.”

Among his survivors are his wife, Jo Jarrell Reid; his father, Rev. Charles Woody of Ramseur; and his sister Rachelle Tyson of Asheboro. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rev. Maxine Reid Woody, a sister, Janice Watkins and brother, James Reid.

A funeral service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Avenue Church of God in Asheboro. A private burial will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to the Larry D. Reid Minority Scholarship Fund at Randolph Community College (attention: RCC Foundation) or to the United Way of Randolph County.

By Randolph Record