Horace Porter
The family of Horace Porter "Race" Reed III will hold a remembrance service at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, at First United Methodist Church, Tifton. Following the service, the family will host a celebration of life from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at 41 & Main, for family, friends and out-of-town attendees.
Race was lost at sea Oct. 13, 2019, at Yang-Yang Beach, South Korea. His remains were not recovered, but his spirit lives in the hearts of those who loved him. He was born Jan. 6, 1983, in Savannah, the son of Elizabeth Carson Reed Keith and the late Horace Porter Reed, Jr. He was the adopted son of the late Jack Ernest Keith.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Chloe Hoyeon Ryu of Daejeon, South Korea; a brother, Mikell Stephen Reed and Missy of Tifton; two sisters, Amy Reed Weller and Dave Rice of Cumming; and Lisha Keith Mendez and Noble of Suwanee; two nieces, Katherine Charlotte Weller of Athens, and Lily Elizabeth Mendez of Suwanee, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Race earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Georgia as a HOPE Scholarship student. He attended Swainsboro schools and graduated from Tift County High School and was active in DECA, attending national competition his junior year. He was a dual enrolled student at ABAC. Following graduation from TCHS, he attended the American University in Paris for Summer Semester and ABAC.
Race was multilingual, speaking Korean and Spanish fluently. He worked for the Nolan Insurance Agency in Atlanta prior to moving to South Korea in 2009 where he began his career teaching English to kindergarten students at Little America School and gaining employment as an English instructor at a JoonBu University in Daejeon in 2010. He was interested in world cultures and spent much time traveling throughout Asia where he sought out the common man to learn how the people lived.
He loved adventure, and he tested his endurance with physical challenges such as mountain climbing, surfing, hiking, and bicycle riding. He also was interested in nutrition, exercise, and the science of health.
Most importantly, Race loved his family and his friends. He was devoted to his wife and supported her aspirations. He was kind. He found goodness in people and could calm troubled souls. Wherever he went, people were drawn to him. He wanted to make the world a better place, and his dream was to return to the United States and mentor children, which he felt was a way to impact the world in a meaningful way.
Published on January 10, 2020


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Teena Harris Henderson
Jan 19, 2020
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