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Waylan ‘Pete’ Warren Reid

Waylan ‘Pete’ Warren Reid
February 14
11:51 2020

Waylan “Pete” Warren Reid, 93, of Breckenridge passed away at home on February 10, 2020. Funeral services will be held February 15, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Elliott Street Church of Christ with Jim Cox and Charles Kuhn officiating the service. The family will receive friends after the service in the entry of the church. The interment will be at Yellow Fork Cemetery as a private family burial under the direction of Melton Kitchens Funeral Home.

Waylan Warren Reid was born December 20, 1926, to parents H.W. “Jack” and Bessie Lee Reid out near the community of Eliasville. As a boy, Pete started school in Eliasville. His dad always called him Pedro, and in school the kids changed it to Pete. That’s how his name got started from an early age. In the third grade he and his friends were sitting outside of school one afternoon; they were told they were transferring Ivan students to Eliasville. The boys decided to wait and see what the girl population looked like. As the children began to come down the bus steps, Pete noticed this beautiful young lady – who by the way was a third grader. He decided immediately that she was his pick. He turned to his friends and said, “Boys, that pretty brown eyed one is mine. Y’all can have the rest.” It was instant courtship, and for the next ten years it remained that way. This young lady was Dorothy Jean Wright. The Reid and Wright families kept a close friendship throughout the years of their courtship. While in school in Eliasville, Pete was a football player, basketball player, as well as ran track – all the while, his girlfriend Dorothy was cheering by his side. When Eliasville students had to transfer to Breckenridge, Pete became a member of the varsity football, basketball, and track teams. His senior year, he was noted as the Best All-Around Boy.

As Pete and Dorothy reached graduation time, World War II was in progress and the Army was recruiting young men. Pete was drafted after graduation. After 10 years of courtship, they got married on May 26, 1945. Pete went to Mineral Wells for basic training. Once basic training was complete, he was sent to Leghorn, Italy, while Dorothy moved in with her parents to await the end of World War II.

After the birth of their first child, Donna Jane Reid, a bill was passed to conclude the war, and all fathers were sent back home.

Pete and Dorothy started their family life on family property two years later. After settling on their new place, their second daughter, Barbara Ann Reid, was born. Six years later, their only son, James Waylan Reid, joined the family. The entire family enjoyed ranching and all of the children started riding and pushing up cattle to the pens at the age of two. Rodeoing then became a big part of the family’s lifestyle. Many memories the family will always hold dear.

Pete was a tie-down calf roper and competed as an amateur for a short period of time. Later he joined the Rodeo Cowboy Association, which later became a member of the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association. He remained a PRCA Gold Card Member his entire life. The entire family spent both winters and summers traveling to participate in the rodeo circuits, only coming home briefly to check cattle, go to church, and for Dorothy to make her beauty shop appointments. Then it was back on the road.

Even after Pete got older, he still competed in rodeos with the National Old Timers’ Roping Association. They traveled weekly to rope. Pete won All-Around Tie-Down Roping several years, as well as All-Around Break-A-Way roping. He even won 13 saddles in a single year! Pete also served as the president of NOTRA while his wife served as sweetheart. Even on his 90th birthday all he really wanted to do was go back to the ranch and saddle a horse and ride.

Pete was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Jean Wright Reid; son, James Waylan Reid; parents, Jack and Bessy Reid; sister, Juanita Reid Bryant; and in-laws, Doc and Eunice Wright.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Reid Boles and husband Hurley, and Barbara Reid Hill and husband Dennis; daughter-in-law, Carla Parker Reid; two very special nieces, Janice Bryant Payne and husband Mike, and Ann Bryant Lindsey and husband Duane; eight grandchildren, Shannon Boles, Shonda Warren and husband Will, Shawn Reid Boles, TiAda Radtke and husband Tim, Randal Reid and wife Christi, Keli Jo Bandy and husband Jace, Shalley Boles, and Shayla Boles; fifteen great-grandchildren, including one very special one, Libbie LuRandyl, who helped take care of him; and not to forget his two great-great-grandsons; and many lifelong friends.

Memorials can be made to the Stephens County Agricultural Association Rodeo Fund and can be left at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Condolences can be made online at

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