Naomi Sayles Anderson Reed

naomi reed

April 17, 1942 ~ January 14, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Naomi Sayles Anderson Reed, 78, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Mission Hospital.

Mrs. Reed was born April 17, 1942, in Buncombe County to the late Julius Henry Sayles and Beulah Earwood Sayles. She was married to the late Elmer Wayne Reed (2006) and Lawrence S. Anderson (1980). She was retired from the Bank of Asheville and more recently worked at Chick-Fila.

Surviving are a son, Michael Wayne Anderson (Angela); step-daughters, Andrea Oliver (Frankie) and Lindy Gibson (Brooks); seven grandchildren, Matthew, Zachary, Luke, Hannah, Gabriel, Valerie and Autumn; a great-grandson, Leo; brother, Rev. William H. Sayles; and sisters, Rowena Sorrells and Jeanette Cadieu.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Owen L. Sayles and a sister, Mary Jo Johnson.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Graveside Service: January 19, 2021 2:00 pm

Woodlawn Cemetery
Cypress Street
Asheville, NC


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Mike-I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a fine lady. We were friends from Kindergarten and graduated together in 1960. She was one of my best friends and we kept in touch. I just talked with her at Christmas. I will miss our talks and I will miss her dearly. She was like a sister to me. God bless you and your family.

  2. So sorry. Knew Naomi from first grade through graduation at A.C. Reynolds. She was a good and true friend. Will miss her dearly

  3. Lifting up prayers for your family..Love you Aunt Naomi…we will see you and our other love ones again and will Rejoice Forevermore…Rest in Peace

  4. Mike, we are so sorry to hear this sad news. We enjoyed getting to know Naomi and spend time with her at the races. She was a sweet lady and always eager to help in any way. She will be missed.

  5. I am so very sorry to hear of Naomi’s passing. We were friends in school and graduated from A. C. Reynolds together. Over the years we enjoyed seeing each other at reunions.
    May God wrap His arms of love around all of you and give you comfort.

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