Charles W. Reed, 72, of Chattanooga, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.Charles was born March 2, 1940, to Eugene and Alma Mattie Reed.Charles served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961 in the Pacific region. He was an insatiable reader. While performing service he also organized the ship library to its first DDC standard. In 1967 he returned to Chattanooga with his wife Lana.Charles worked for Southern Railway for 35 years as a carman.Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lana; two sons and their spouses, David and Patricia; Richard and Karen; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Hope Reed; and several nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the East Brainerd Chapel.Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Pastor Mark Flynn officiating.At Charles request, in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to: The Spina Bifida Association 4590 MacArthur Blvd NW, Suite 250 Washington DC. 20007.Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.ChattanooganEastBrainerdChapel.com.Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.