On Dec. 21, 2020, Linda Kay Reed Underwood departed this world, ending a battle of 25 years with Parkinson’s Disease.
Linda was born June 18, 1947 to Claud E. and Gladys Reed in Knox City. In 1965 she married C.H. Underwood and they were involved in Public School Education, farming and ranching for 55 years.
Linda is survived by her husband and her three children; Rebecca Lorene (Becky) Underwood of O’Brien, Carrie Elizabeth (Beth) Donham (husband Shawn) of Knox City and Robert Reed Underwood (wife Ranae) of Lincoln, Neb; grandchildren Rosalyn Faith Donham and Bethany Hope Donham of Knox City; sister-in-law Dianna Underwood Raymond; brother-in-law Joe Tidwell; also several nieces and nephews.
Linda attended Knox City High School, Hardin-Simmons University and Midwestern State University. She was an elementary and junior high teacher for 24 years, teaching in Rochester, Knox City-O’Brien, Hamlin, Tulia and Benjamin school districts. She is remembered by her many students as a sweet, loving and motivating teacher.
Preceding Linda in death were her parents; sister Claudia Jean Tidwell; infant brother Ronnie Dee Reed; mother-in-law and father-in-law Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Underwood.
As a young girl, Linda was a member of Knox City First Baptist Church, O’Brien Baptist for 53 years and presently Munday First Baptist Church. For over 40 years she used her talent as an accomplished pianist serving as a church pianist and playing for innumerable funerals, weddings, and other functions across the community.
Linda lived in a way so that her children call her blessed and her husband could only praise her. (Proverbs 31:28-31). She earned the respect of everyone who knew her and all who knew her considered her a trusted friend. A close high school friend once said “she has the kindest heart of anyone I have ever known”. She lived a simple and purposeful life as many people wish they had. Linda exhibited in her mannerisms and personality: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control — the scriptural description of the fruits of the Spirit. (Galations 5:22-23). Her gentle nature was reflected in her teaching children in the public schools and in her playing the piano, conducive to worship for over 40 years. Her kind and gentle spirit will be missed by many.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Brazos Valley Care Home in Knox City, Hospice of Wichita Falls, Knox County Hospital Home Health staff and all the individuals who provided loving care for Linda throughout the years as she battled Parkinson’s. A special thanks to Cyndi Guess, Nurse Practitioner. They have been blessings from God.
A private graveside service was held with immediate family on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial in Linda’s honor may make contribution to the Underwood/Reed endowed scholarship fund for ministry students at Hardin-Simmons University, Box 16100, Abilene, TX 79698.