Arlie Reed-Thomason

June 17, 1947 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 72)


Arlie Mae Reed-Thomason, 72, the third child of the late Artis and Willie Mae Reed was born on June 17, 1947 in Jersey City, N.J. She passed away peacefully at home in Jersey City on March 30, 2020.

Arlie attended the Jersey City public school system and graduated from Ferris High School in 1965.  She spent a 52 year career as a bookkeeper for a number of New Jersey based manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of printing supplies, toys, and garments until her retirement in 2018.

Arlie was a loving mother and grandmother, a devout Christian, an avid reader, and dedicated wife.  Adored by her family and friends, she spent her life serving the Lord and her community by feeding and providing care packages for the homeless.  She was a strong and mighty woman of God and believed in the power of prayer.  She attended Rehoboth Apostolic Church, Evangelical Gospel Tabernacle, and, as the Lord moved her, she made Heavenly Temple Church of God in Christ her spiritual home where she was a long-standing congregant and church clerk.

Arlie was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Thomason, whom she married on March 21, 1986; her sisters Barbara Ann Reed-Bryant and Doris Jean Reed; and her niece, Shakera Reed.

Arlie leaves to cherish her memory her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Erinne Reed, and her grandson, Julian Reed.  She will be greatly missed by; her sisters Ethel Reed, Lillian Serles (Joshua), Evelyn Reed, Janet Spivey (Clarence), Stephanie Reed-Glenn, and Veronica Reed; her brother Artis Reed, Jr.

(Yvonne); a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and dear friends, Mae Frances Curry, Patricia Mahoney, and The Heavenly Temple Church family.  

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, services will be restricted to a limited number of family members.  Arlie will be laid to rest at the Holy Name Cemetery & Mausoleum in Jersey City, N.J.  Memorial and Celebration of Life services will take place at a future date after it is deemed safe to gather in crowds.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society ( in honor of Arlie Reed-Thomason.  

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