Robert W. “Bob” Reed

Bob’s bowling history began in 1950 in New Haven, CT, setting up ten-pins and bowling as member of his high school ten-pin bowling team in 1951.


Restarting his bowling career in the mid ’60’s in the US Air Foce, his first experience in bowling leadership occurred in 1969 as a league secretary as a member of the Moron-San Pablo, Spain Bowling Association.  Although only a six month experience it planted a very fertile seed.


Following his retirement from the Air Force he came to South Carolina.  In 1975 he was appointed to the local reorganized board of directors.  In 1977 he was named chairman of the Publicity Committee and elected to the office of First Vice President, and in 1979 to President.  Three months later the Board needed a Secretary-Treasurer, so he resigned and assumed that position, which he holds to this day.  His weekly newspaper column grew from a weekly to a twice weekly column that is read by thousands of Grand Strand residents.


In 1981 Bob assisted the State Secretary in the State Match games and led the first delegation of directors from his local association to the SCSBA Annual Meeting, a precedent which had not been broken.  In 1982 he attended his first ABC Convention as a delegate from his local association.  From that convention he returned home and made his local into a “self processing” association.  The SCSBA elected him as it’s Lower District Director and appointed him to his first of many committee assignments.  In 1985 he was elected to SCSBA 4th Vice President, his local association received the ABC Service Award and he was co-director for the State Tournament, co-hosted by his association.  That tournament is said by many to have launched the wonderful participation enjoyed by so many of us today.


In 1986 Bob attended a Regional LAOTC in Jacksonville, FL. again assisted in the directorship of the SCSBA Match Games and moved up to 3rd Vice President in the SCSBA.  His hard work and dedication to bowling at every level was recognized by his local association as they named him their Director of the Year.  The years 1987 and 1988 continued to be working years as Bob moved up through SCSBA’s 2nd and 1st Vice President’s chairs, getting more education under his belt.  1989 was a very busy year for him as he attended the National LAOTC in Milwaukee, WI, assisted his local association as it hosted the SCSBA Annual Tournament, was the SCSBA Delegate to the ABC Convention and was installed as SCSBA’s President.


Having a driving desire to see bowling get the attention and respect it deserves, Bob has seen his local association get it’s 10-year Service Award, he was the original Joint Inspection Committee Chairman (and continues to serve in that capacity) he captures the attention of sports fans in the local area with his coverage of all the noteworthy bowling accomplishments.  He has been and continues to be a very positive influence on those members of the local board who aspire to become active in the SCSBA.


Bob Reed represents bowling in every good way at all levels.  He is most deserving of induction into the South Carolina State Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Obituary – Died August 28, 2016

Robert Walter Reed

October 18, 1933-August 28, 2016
Myrtle Beach, SC
Robert Walter Reed, 82 passed away, August 28, 2016 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was born October 18, 1933 in New Haven, CT a son of the late Robert William and Elizabeth Reed. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn Rose Reed, his daughter, Carol Lynn Reed and two sisters, Patricia Massaro and Joanne Powers. Bob was a Retired United States Air Force Veteran service during the Korean Conflict. He was retired from the United States Postal Service, inducted into the local and state bowling Hall of Fame and wrote bowling articles for the Grand Strand Bowling Association and the Sun News for over 40 years. Survivors include two sons, Steve Reed and Darryl Reed both of Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Betty Flagge of CT; two granddaughters, Megan Reed and Hailey Saba and one great-grandson, Reed Saba. The family will receive friends at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on Tuesday August 30, 2016 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Funeral services will be 11AM, Wednesday August 31, 2016 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home with Father Norbet Mendonca officiating. Burial will follow at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens. Flowers are graciously accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice . An online guest book is available at

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Published in The Sun News on Aug. 30, 2016
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