Funeral arrangements for Carnell "Sonny" Reed, president of SEIU Local 400, have been announced. The viewing is on Sunday and services are on Monday; click on calendar for details. “I urge you to join me in honoring our friend and brother, who is already missed by so many,” said Metro Washington Council president Jos Williams.
Sonny Reed died on Thursday, December 4, at the age of 77. Reed, who came to Washington, D.C., from Louisiana as a young man, had been active in the American labor movement much of his adult life, beginning as an organizer with the Firemen and Oilers and going on to lead SEIU Local 400. He had been an employee of the Prince George's County Public Schools, where he worked as a building supervisor. He was a member of the executive boards of the Metro Washington Council and the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, and was involved in both county and statewide politics. At the request of former SEIU President John Sweeney, Reed served on the International's Committee on the Future. Active within his Masonic lodge, he was a member of the Ebenezer AME Church at Fort Washington, Md., where he sang with the chancel choir.