Saint John Baptist Church
"Blessed to be a Blessing: Evangelizing to the Lost and Empowering Lives"
Genesis 1:27-28; 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8
3404 West Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Church Office: 803-254-4170
Facsimile: 803-254-4036
Preparatory School: 803-256-8542

Member Highights

Willie Knowlin Reid

Willie Knowlin Reid was born May 8, 1930 to Daniel and Inez Reid in Georgetown, South Carolina. He had three sisters and two brothers. In 1963, he met and married the love of his life--Merritt Chestnut Best Reid (60 years). He graduated from Howard High School in 1947 in Georgetown, South Carolina.

He migrated to Columbia, South Carolina in 1952. In 1951, he joined the United States Army. During his service, he traveled to Germany, France, Korea, and Vietnam and received twenty metals-which included three bronze stars. Thereafter, he retired and received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army (20 years). Because of his love for helping people, Mr. Reid continuing serving others as a Nurse Assistant at Dorn Jenning Veteran Hospital (20 years). For his dedication and love for others, he was honored and received a Career Recognition Award (1992) for his forty years of service to our government (1991-1986).

During Mr. Reid's twenty years of service at Dorn Jenning Veteran Hospital, he received four superior performance awards (1985) as Employee of the Month as a nurse assistant.

He is a Life Member of Brandy Griffin VFW Post 4262 and a former member of Corinthian Lodge. Mr. Reid joined Saint John Baptist Church in 1957 under the leadership of the Reverend Doctor Roscoe C. Wilson.

Mr. Reid is a kind, gentle person. He loves to laugh and socialized with family and friends. He cherishes his lovely devoted wife. He loves to talk with, entertain, and share with others the many blessings that God has bestowed upon him. He thanks the Lord daily for life, health, and the ability to support and serve his family.

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