John Marshall Reid was born and grew up in Chattanooga, TN. His family members who predeceased him were his father, John Newton Reid; mother, Mary (Wilcox) Reid; and sister, Joan (Walker) Smith.
John attended Baylor Military School, later serving on the Board of Directors for many years. He graduated from the University of Chattanooga (University of Tennessee), earning a Bachelors degree in Industrial Management. John served as an intelligence officer in the U. S. Army. He then became a registered representative of the New York Stock Exchange and the Tennessee State Securities Commission at J. C. Bradford and Company.
His private pilot flying career began in 1960 when he bought Chattanooga Aviation. He served as Director of the Bureau of Aeronautics Commission and served three governors' terms. He received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the F.A.A. After moving to Florida, John served as the Florida Regional Representative of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Surviving him are his wife, Elizabeth (Nagelsen) Reid; and nieces, Stacey Walker and Laura (Walker) McNutt and husband, Joseph.
He was an acclaimed golfer, joining several golf clubs including his most favorite, Seminole Golf Club Palm Beach. John was 85 when he died in Naples, FL on June 27, 2018.
A memorial ceremony celebrating John's life will be on Saturday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John's name may be made to The Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405.