Former Tiger great Rock Reed passes away

Former LSU football great Joseph T. "Rock" Reed, who played on the Tigers' first two Sugar Bowl teams in 1935 and 1936 and was a former assistant football coach for the Tigers, died Friday in Baton Rouge.

Reed played for the Tigers from 1934 to 1936, and played for LSU's first two Southeastern Conference championship teams in his junior and senior seasons under head coach Bernie Moore.

Reed was a teammate of such LSU luminaries as Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley, Abe Mickal, Justin Rukas, Jesse Fatherree, Marvin "Moose" Stewart, Osborne "Butch" Helveston and Charles "Pinky" Rohm

Reed went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL in 1937 and 1939.

He was born August 17, 1912 in Bald Knob, Ark., and graduated from Haynesville High School where he was an all-state football player in 1933. Reed became a Louisiana state trooper prior to World War II and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the war.

In the early 1950s, Reed was an assistant backfield coach at LSU under his teammate and lifelong friend, Gus Tinsley.

He retired in 1984 from the Louisiana Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation.

Reed is survived by his wife, Marie, to whom he was married for 65 years, son and wife, Richard T. and Kathy Reed; granddaughter, Stephanie Reed; daughter, Janet and husband John Glenn; and nephew, James Reed Callender Sr. and wife Klaudya.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jasper Tilton Reed and Almeda Ferguson Reed, sisters, Lucille McGlothlan and Mabel Callender; and brother, Ralph Edward Reed.

Reed was a member of Sacred Heart Church. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Monday, July 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a private family funeral on Tuesday with burial in Port Hudson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 2250 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

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