Wallace Reid Kearns, 83, of Atlanta, GA passed away on August 5, 2022, at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Reid was born to Charles Eugene and Chloe Allen Kearns in Asheboro, NC on September 6, 1938, and graduated from Asheboro High School. He then attended Lees-McRae college in Banner Elk, before transferring to High Point College, where he was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and finished his Bachelor of Science degree. Reid then attended North Carolina A&T State University to pursue an accounting degree and became a Certified Public Accountant.
Reid married Lois Williamson on October 12, 1973 and enjoyed almost 50 years of marriage. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as yardwork and working in the garden, as well as boating and spending time at the beach. He was a lover of all types of music and enjoyed attending the Greensboro Symphony. In his later life, he was an avid reader.
Reid started out as a partner in a local accounting firm and spent over 40 years as a CPA. He was a community leader who partnered in residential land development as well as opened and operated the Asheboro Hampton Inn for 13 years. He was also a member of the Randolph County Tourism Board and deeply invested in advocating and supporting local attractions to promote tourism, such as the North Carolina Zoo and Seagrove pottery.
Reid was a member of First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church and was very active in the leadership, serving as an officer of both churches.
Reid is survived by his loving wife, Lois Kearns of Atlanta, GA, his son Rodney (wife Beth) Kearns of Atlanta, GA, daughter Lynn Polanco of Atlanta, GA, and sister Sue Rossman (husband Robert Lawrence) of Brevard, NC, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Reid was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Shirley Ann Price and Norma Jane Meadows, and his grand-son Lance Hinshaw.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 2pm at First United Methodist Church, 224 N. Fayetteville Street in Asheboro.